SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State Auditor Hector Balderas announced Tuesday he’s running for the Democratic nomination for attorney general next year.
Balderas’ campaign sent out email announcements to political supporters, saying he would bring a “watchdog mentality” to the New Mexico attorney general’s office.
“My number one goal as attorney general will be keeping our families safe,” Balderas wrote. “I’ll protect our children and consumers, fight as hard for our veterans as they fought for us, and ensure that we stop discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability, so that all can pursue the opportunity to thrive.”
Balderas, a lawyer and former state legislator, is serving his second term as state auditor. He was first elected in 2006.
Balderas campaigned unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate last year.
Former Public Regulation Commissioner Jason Marks also plans to run for attorney general as a Democrat. Marks, a lawyer, served on the PRC from 2005 until 2012.
There will be no incumbent in the race because Democrat Gary King is term-limited and is a candidate for governor in 2014.
On the Republican side, District Attorney Matt Chandler of Clovis said Tuesday he’s considering the race but hasn’t made a decision. He ran unsuccessfully against King in 2010.
Chandler was re-elected last year to a four-year term as district attorney in the 9th Judicial District of Curry and Roosevelt counties. He’s held the post since 2005.