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After being convicted of aggravated drunk driving and reckless driving in December 2019, Senator Richard C. Martinez, who represents District 5 in the New Mexico Senate, faced pressure to resign. He did not leave the Senate, but did step down from his positions as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and co-chair of the Courts, Corrections & Justice Interim Committee. He still serves on the Senate Conservation and Senate Judiciary committees.
In the Democratic primary, Martinez, who has held his seat since 2001, is facing opposition from Rio Arriba County Commission Chair Leo Jaramillo. Ironically, Jaramillo has also been convicted of DWI, albeit 25 years ago when he was 18 years old.
The last time Martinez, 67, of Ojo Caliente, was challenged in the Democratic primary was in 2012, when Alfredo L. Montoya ran against him. Martinez ended up winning 58% of the vote.
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