Three compete in GOP primary for chance to face Haaland

Three compete in GOP primary for chance to face Haaland

Copyright © 2020 Albuquerque Journal The 1st Congressional District Republican race has failed to draw the hefty amounts of campaign cash that the other, higher-profile congressional races in New Mexico have. And neither are the candidates flooding the television and radio airwaves with attacks against their opponents as in the 2nd District race. But the three candidates in the 1st District GOP primary are serious in their bid to unseat Democratic incumbent Deb Haaland, who is seeking a second term in the district that includes most of the Albuquerque area. Deb Haaland Former New Mexico Attorney General chief of staff Michelle Garcia Holmes – a political campaign veteran – is facing political newcomers Brett Kokinadis and Jared Vander Dussen in the June 2 primary for the right to challenge Haaland, who is unopposed in the Democratic primary. “I am running because the present leadership has done nothing to move New Mexico towards prosperity,” said Garcia Holmes, 58, who also served as a police officer and detective with the Albuquerque Police Department. “I have a passion for our state. I have lived in Albuquerque all my life, and I want to go to Washington to eliminate double taxation on Social Security, make sure federal monies go to where they are needed, and work on legislation that protects the unborn, seniors and veterans.” She has been a candidate for mayor in Albuquerque and was the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in 2018. Kokinadis said he’s running because “Haaland has dropped the […]

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