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Emily’s List to back Lujan Grisham for governor’s race

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s 2018 gubernatorial race won’t be decided for more than 20 months, but Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham has already landed an endorsement from a deep-pocketed national group.

Emily’s List, a group dedicated to electing Democratic women in favor of abortion rights to public office, announced its endorsement Tuesday.

Rep. Michelle Jujan Grisham

Rep. Michelle Jujan Grisham

The group has also endorsed Lujan Grisham, who is currently serving her third term representing the Albuquerque-based 1st Congressional District, in past election cycles, including hefty financial backing in a three-way primary race in 2012.

In a statement, Stephanie Schriock, the president of Emily’s List, described Lujan Grisham as a “fearless leader.”

“Our country desperately needs more Democratic women in executive leadership positions, where they are empowered to make an enormous positive impact on the lives of the people they serve,” Schriock said.

So far, Lujan Grisham is the only candidate – either Democrat or Republican – to formally announce her candidacy for the 2018 gubernatorial race.

However, more candidates are expected to throw their hats into the ring in the coming weeks and months.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is another prominent Democrat who has expressed interest in the job. Other Democrats considering runs include Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales, state Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, media executive Jeff Apodaca and Santa Fe businessman Alan Webber.

On the Republican side, potential candidates include U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and Lt. Gov. John Sanchez.