Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver says she will issue a proclamation on Thursday setting June 1 as the date of the special election to fill the congressional seat vacated by Deb Haaland.
Haaland resigned the post Tuesday after the U.S. Senate confirmed her as secretary of the interior. The 1st Congressional District includes most of Albuquerque and parts of Sandoval, Santa Fe and Valencia counties.
“Deb Haaland’s historic confirmation as the nation’s first Native American cabinet secretary is a proud moment for all New Mexicans, but it also kicks off another important election cycle of which every eligible voter in Congressional District 1 should be aware,” Toulouse Oliver said in a Wednesday news release. “Now that Election Day is set, I encourage anyone interested in seeking the office to familiarize themselves with the laws and procedures outlined in the Election Code.”
Toulouse Oliver also urged all eligible voters in the 1st Congressional District to register or update their voter registration by going to nmvote.org.
Numerous candidates have already announced that they want to run for the CD1 seat.
Democrats who have declared their candidacies are: Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, Randi McGinn, Melanie Stansbury, Georgene Louis, Patricia Roybal Caballero, Selinda Guerrero, Victor Reyes and Francisco Fernández.
Republicans seeking the seat are: Eddie Aragon, Jared Vander Dussen, Jonathan Gonzalez, Mark Moores, Michaela Chavez, Ronnie Lucero and Tracy Trujillo.
John McDivitt has announced his run as a Libertarian candidate, and former state Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn is planning to run as an independent candidate.