SANTA FE – When incumbent GOP state Rep. Conrad James announced last year that he would not seek re-election to his House seat in 2016, it opened the door for new faces in what’s been one of New Mexico’s top legislative battlegrounds.
Two Albuquerque Republicans – Christina Hall and Ryan Boyle – are vying for their party’s nomination to represent House District 24. The winner will face former state Rep. Elizabeth Thomson, a Democrat, in the general election.
Hall, a chiropractor and former Miss New Mexico, quickly landed the endorsement of James and appears to be the pick of many in the Republican Party establishment.
In campaign spending reports filed last month, she reported receiving a total of $9,850 in contributions from 11 sitting GOP lawmakers or their political committees, including a $2,500 donation from House Speaker Don Tripp, R-Socorro.