Just three days after filing to seek a fourth term in the New Mexico Senate, Bernadette Sanchez announced she has withdrawn her bid and will step down from the Legislature at the year’s end.
Sanchez, a Democrat who represents an Albuquerque westside district, said in a news release she filed as a candidate in order to give her more time to make a final decision on whether to seek re-election.
In addition to a stated need to focus on her health, Sanchez cited misgivings with partisan gridlock in Santa Fe as a reason for her decision.
“There is stalling of important legislation and a lack of working together,” she said. “As a result, moving New Mexico forward to ensure New Mexicans receive quality jobs, education and health care they deserve has become increasingly difficult.”
Sanchez, a Albuquerque Public Schools counselor, had drawn three Democratic primary opponents for her Senate District 26 re-election bid, though she did not reference that fact in her news release.
Her decision means 20 incumbent legislators — 12 in the House of Representatives and eight in the Senate — are either stepping down or seeking other offices this year.