ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque attorney has entered the race to replace Attorney General Gary King.
Jim Baiamonte Wednesday announced his intentions, becoming the first Republican candidate for the seat also being sought by Democratic State Auditor Hector Balderas.
King is running for the Democratic nomination to challenge Gov. Susana Martinez.
Baiamonte says he is a lifelong New Mexico resident and army veteran who practices criminal, family and civil law.
He says he running because the state has suffered “under too many Attorney Generals who have developed a ‘do-nothing’ approach.” He says New Mexico needs genuine leadership and a commitment to doing the job correctly.