Incumbent commissioner Cynthia Hall is seeking reelection to District 1 in central New Mexico against Republican challenger Janice Arnold-Jones. And, in northern New Mexico, two PRC newcomers – Democrat Joseph Maestas and Libertarian Party candidate Chris Luchini – are competing in District 3 to replace Commissioner Valerie Espinoza, who completes her second term in January.
The two races take place amid a turbulent period at the PRC.
A proposed constitutional amendment is on the Nov. 3 ballot to turn the PRC into a three-member commission appointed by the governor. It’s currently an elected body with five commissioners representing distinct regions around the state.