LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County Republican Party chairman David Clements announced Tuesday he’s running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Tom Udall.
Clements, a Las Cruces lawyer, said in a statement he will focus his candidacy on “advancing free-market policies that allow small businesses to create jobs, balancing the federal budget and fighting to preserve the privacy rights of New Mexicans.”
He described himself as a “constitutional conservative and economics enthusiast.”
“As an attorney, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution — an oath I take seriously. Career politicians like Sen. Udall have disregarded that same oath and have created a culture of dependency in New Mexico,” Clements said. “By restraining the federal government, we empower people to look within themselves to create opportunity and achieve greatness.”
Clements is an assistant district attorney in the 6th Judicial District, which covers Grant, Hidalgo and Luna counties. He previously was a prosecutor in the 3rd Judicial District of Dona Ana County and worked in a private law firm in Las Cruces from July 2010 to March 2012.
Clements received his law degree in 2010 from the University of New Mexico. He and his wife, Erin, have a son.
Clements is the only declared GOP candidate for the Senate seat that Udall won in 2008, when Republican Pete Domenici retired after serving six terms.
Udall, a former congressman and state attorney general, reported a cash balance of $1.5 million in his re-election account as of June 30.