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Heinrich Runs For Congress

The Associated Press
    Martin Heinrich, an Albuquerque city councilor and former state natural resources trustee, says he is running for Congress.
    Heinrich is seeking the Democratic nomination for New Mexico's 1st Congressional District seat held by Republican Heather Wilson, who narrowly won re-election last year.
    Heinrich is the first person to announce as a 1st District candidate for the 2008 election.
    Heinrich, 35, said he has raised about $50,000 so far for his campaign.
    "Our nation is alarmingly off track," he said in a letter Saturday to 4,000 contributors to past Democratic campaigns.
    "We went into Iraq based on a series of lies and have become embroiled in a civil war. We have no exit plan and no plan for victory, or even a presidential description of what constitutes victory," Heinrich said.
    Wilson has backed President Bush for much of the war but has opposed plans for a troop surge currently under way.
    Wilson declined comment Monday on Heinrich's candidacy, said Enrique Knell, a spokesman for the congresswoman. Wilson has not announced whether she will pursue a sixth term.
    Heinrich, who was elected a city councilor in 2003, took an unpaid leave of absence last month as natural resources trustee as he pondered a run for Congress.
    He owned a public affairs consulting business before his appointment as trustee.
    Albuquerque is in New Mexico's 1st District, where Wilson defeated Democrat Patricia Madrid by 862 votes in the Nov. 7 general election to win a fifth term in Congress.



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