WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a New Mexico Democrat who had been considering running for governor in 2018, announced Wednesday that he will forgo a gubernatorial campaign and instead remain in the U.S. Senate.
The two-term senator, 68, said his seniority on key Senate committees is too important to relinquish, especially as Republican President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office in January. Udall’s current Senate term runs for four more years.
“This is not the time to weaken our position in Washington,” Udall said. “President-elect Trump has proposed policies with respect to health care, constitutional rights, immigration, privatizing public lands, and foreign policy that could be devastating to the citizens of New Mexico.”