Michelle Lujan Grisham won the Democratic primary last night in a hard-fought battle with Eric Griego and Marty Chavez (and we also met with them last November). Janice Arnold-Jones got the Republican nomination by default after Dan Lewis dropped out (and we met with both him and Ms. Arnold Jones), and Gary Smith was disqualified.
So,either Michelle Lujan Grisham or Janice-Arnold Jones is going to be representing the New Mexico First Congressional District in November.
|Rev. Donna McNiel, Janice Arnold-Jones, Carlos Navarro, Ellen Buelow, Ester Griego|
|Mary Quinalty, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Rene Ronquillo|
The New Mexico Senate Race
Bread members from New Mexico are also likely to have appointments with aides to Reps. Ben Ray Lujan and Steve Pearce, since both are heavily favored to win in November. Neither had opposition in yesterday's primary.
Moving over to the Senate, there will be a visit to the Hart Senate Office Building and Sen. Tom Udall's offiice. Sen. Udall is in the fourth year of his six-year term and was not on the ballot yesterday.
And then there is the other Senate seat, which will be occupied by a familiar face. Both Democrat Martin Heinrich and Republican Heather Wilson have represented the First Congressional District, and each won yesterday's primary handily. Heinrich defeated State Auditor Hector Balderas and Wilson was the victor over Las Cruces businessman Greg Sowards.
So it's Heinrich vs. Wilson for the right to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman.
|Debbie Ruiz, Rep. Martin Heinrich, Alicia Sedillo|
|Rep. Heather Wilson, Carlos Navarro|
Okay, we got way ahead of ourselves. We still have Lobby Day 2012, and I will be on Capitol Hill on June 12. I have meetings at the offices of Sens. Udall and Bingaman and Rep. Heinrich. We're also hoping to at least drop by the offices of Reps. Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Lujan. Stay tuned.....