Today, the Journal is breaking with tradition and endorsing in several key contested legislative primary races outside Bernalillo County. For information including candidate Q&As, district maps and news stories as they are published, go to ABQJournal.com/election2020.
NEW MEXICO SENATE, Democratic primary
District 38 – Sen. Mary Kay Papen
This year marks the first time in 20 years Papen has faced a primary opponent, an indication she has served her constituents well. The top-ranking Senate Democrat from Las Cruces describes herself as socially liberal and fiscally conservative – a description that fits many New Mexicans, especially those not tethered to either major political party. She has many accomplishments to tout, including her work on an assisted outpatient treatment law that balances civil liberties with safety, and passing laws to combat violence against women.