ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Albuquerque City Councilman Mike McEntee says he will seek the Republican nomination for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District.
McEntee is the first Republican to enter the race for the seat currently held by freshman Democrat Michelle Lujan-Grisham of Albuquerque.
McEntee says he is running for the seat because he is “deeply concerned with the direction of our nation” and the partisan hostility that has gripped Washington. The former air traffic controller says he is “committed to presenting an alternative direction for our great state and nation.”
McEntee was on the Albuquerque City Council from 1997 to 2001. During that time, he says he built a reputation for saving taxpayer dollars and working to build consensus to bring economic development and job creation to Albuquerque.