SANTA FE — Another incumbent New Mexico Senate Democrat will face a primary challenge in 2020.
Melissa Ontiveros of Las Cruces, who works for a southern New Mexico nonprofit group that helps local families, plans to officially announce her candidacy next week for the Senate District 31 seat currently held by Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces.
In a statement, Ontiveros, who is also co-president of the New Mexico Public Health Association, cited universal health care, renewable energy and protecting New Mexico’s environment as top priorities if elected.
She did not directly levy any criticisms against Cervantes, but did say senators should be available to their constituents year-round — not just during legislative sessions.
Cervantes, an attorney who has served in the Legislature since 2001 and in the Senate since 2013, said in a Thursday interview he “absolutely” plans to run for re-election next year.
But he said he’s currently more focused on the upcoming 30-day legislative session than on next year’s election cycle.