New Mexico’s longest-serving legislator, Rep. Nick Salazar, hasn’t decided whether he’ll seek re-election next year to a 23rd term in the House of Representatives – but at least one potential opponent isn’t waiting for him to make up his mind.
Barney Trujillo, a Rio Arriba County commissioner, recently announced that he plans to run for the House District 40 seat that Salazar, an Ohkay Owingeh resident, has held since 1973.
In a news release, Trujillo said he was “honored” to follow in the footsteps of Salazar. However, Salazar said in a subsequent interview he still hasn’t ruled out running for another two-year term.
“I have not made my decision yet – it’s kind of early to do that,” Salazar told the Journal.