SANTA FE — Republican Jill Michel, a business owner and advocate for foster families, launched a campaign this week for a Northeast Albuquerque seat in the state House.
The district is now represented by Rep. Bill Pratt, a Democrat who doesn’t plan to seek re-election next year because of a physical impairment.
Michel is a founding member of the New Mexico Child First Network, a group that helps foster children and kids in state care. She owns a small photography business.
Michel has fostered hundreds of children, she said, and improving the lives of foster families is a key motivation behind her run. There simply aren’t enough services, she said, for children who need help with substance abuse or mental health care.
“I’m not a politician,” Michel said. “People would describe me 100% as a mom.”
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