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Location manager seeks ABQ legislative seat

Rebecca “Puck” Stair, Democratic candidate for state Senate

SANTA FE — Democrat Rebecca “Puck” Stair, a former teacher who works in the film industry, announced plans this week to run for the state Senate seat now held by Republican William Payne.

The district covers a chunk of eastern Albuquerque and the Sandia foothills.

Stair said Thursday that her work as a movie scout and location manager has taken her to the doorsteps of people throughout the state.

She has spent years “knocking on doors and talking to New Mexicans about what’s important to them and what they care about,” Stair said. “… My platform comes directly out of those conversations.”

Stair said she would work at the Roundhouse to support the transition to renewable energy and green jobs in the state, improving the quality of education and better health care.

The primary election is June 2.

Payne, a lawyer and retired rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, has represented District 20 since 1997. As minority whip, he is part of the GOP leadership in the Senate.

Democrats, of course, will be trying to replicate the success they had in the state House in 2018, when they flipped eight seats, including several in the Albuquerque area.

Every seat in the state Legislature will be on the ballot in 2020. Senators serve four-year terms, so only members of the House ran last year.

Democrats hold a 26-16 majority in the Senate and a 46-24 edge in the House.

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