Democrats have several contested races for state offices

The Daily Times staff
Michelle Lujan Grisham

FARMINGTON — Several Democrats are seeking state office in contested races including governor, lieutenant governor, state auditor and commissioner of public lands.

Current U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham is running for governor against former media executive Jeff Apodaca and current state Sen. Joseph Cervantes in the Democratic Party primary race.

The current governor, Republican Susana Martinez, has reached term limits and cannot run for reelection.

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Jeff Apodaca

The Democrats hope to retake the top executive position in the state.

State Sen. Howie C. Morales of Silver City is running against former state Rep. Rick S. Miera of Albuquerque and Doña Ana County Commissioner Billy G. Garrett.

Two Democratic Party candidates are vying for the state auditor seat.

State Rep. Bill McCamley of Las Cruces is running against former New Mexico Democratic Party chairman and Albuquerque lawyer Brian Colon.

Colon recently ran for mayor of Albuquerque, but was not elected.

Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Silver City is running for commissioner of public lands against New Mexico Wildlife Federation Executive Director Garrett O. VeneKlassen of Santa Fe and state Sen. George K. Munoz of Gallup. VeneKlassen is currently on leave from his position at the New Mexico Wildlife Federation through the primary elections.