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Another Senate Dem to face primary challenge

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Siah Correa Hemphill, Democratic candidate for state Senate

SANTA FE — Democrat Siah Correa Hemphill, a school psychologist, plans to run against state Sen. Gabriel Ramos next year — one of several primary challenges facing Senate Democrats.

The legislative district stretches from Socorro to Silver City and covers much of southwestern New Mexico.

Correa Hemphill said her family has deep roots in the area, going back generations, and she has a deep love for New Mexico.

As a former kindergarten teacher and now a psychologist who works in schools, she said, she has seen first hand the struggles faced by educators. Correa Hemphill said she will advocate for more resources for New Mexico schools.

It’s her first run for office.

“I never really had any political aspirations,” she said.

But she decided to launch a Senate campaign after seeing the demand by teachers and parents for trainings to help children deal with trauma.

Correa Hemphill is set to face Ramos, who was appointed to the District 28 seat in January.

Democrat Howie Morales represented the area for 10 years but stepped down after winning election as lieutenant governor.

Ramos, an insurance agent, is a former Grant County commissioner, former school board member and ex-member of the town council in Hurley.

He is one of eight Democrats who joined all 16 Republicans in the Senate this year to oppose repeal of a 1969 anti-abortion law. The proposal failed 24-18.

Now some of those Democrats are preparing for primary challenges, though the abortion vote is just one factor.

Among those already facing Democratic primary opponents, for example, are Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen of Las Cruces and John Arthur Smith of Deming.

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