SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former government official Rick Lopez of Santa Fe says he’s running for the Republican nomination for state treasurer.
Lopez announced his candidacy on Thursday. He is deputy director for the nonprofit Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority and manages its Espanola office.
Three Democrats have said they plan to run for treasurer — former Sen. Tim Eichenberg of Albuquerque, Albuquerque lawyer John Wertheim and former Bernalillo County Treasurer Patrick Padilla
Democratic incumbent James Lewis is term-limited and can’t seek re-election.
Lopez ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination for land commissioner in 2002. He was state executive director of the U.S. Farm Service Agency during former President George W. Bush’s administration.
Lopez has held several administrative positions in state agencies, including in the Taxation and Revenue Department and State Land Office.