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Editor’s note: A previous version of the article had the incorrect spelling of Louie Sanchez. The article has since been corrected.
Businessman Louie Sanchez remembers growing up in a trailer in the South Valley where he said he learned the value of hard work.
It’s those working class roots he wants to emphasize when he launches a bid for the U.S. Senate on Monday.
Sanchez will join a growing Republican field that includes former New Mexico State University professor Gavin Clarkson; anti-abortion advocate Elisa Martinez; and Albuquerque contractor Mick Rich in the race to replace Democrat Tom Udall, who is not seeking reelection to a third term. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján and accountant Andrew Perkins are seeking the Democratic nomination.
“I’ve fought for everything my whole life,” the 55-year-old said. “I want to be a voice for everyday New Mexicans.”
He said New Mexicans wanted representatives in Congress “who remember their roots, who remember where they came from.”
Sanchez recalled living in a home without a television set and working his way through college. He graduated from the University of New Mexico after attending Manzano High School.
“I’ve not been a child of privilege or wealth,” Sanchez said. “This is a country that provides opportunities.”
He said he worked as a maintenance man, line cook, washed dishes at a sorority house and worked construction. Sanchez later worked for former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici both in New Mexico and in the senator’s office in Washington, D.C. Sanchez also worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He currently works in the medical field and is one of the owner’s of Calibers indoor shooting range in Albuquerque.
“Myself, I’m very frustrated,” Sanchez said of the motivation to run for Senate. “I’m tired of being worst and first in everything. The things we’re first in aren’t very good.”
Sanchez said new leadership is needed in Washington “and not the same empty promises we’ve been getting for years.”