2022 Midterm Results & Analysis

Not to be upstaged by the national results, NM hit home runs up and down the ballot. We;v discussed statewide results in our Friday election review, but below, we have an annotated review of all seventy NM state House races. Read on!

NM State House Election Results

Below, we have provided results and analysis for each of the 70 NM State House races.

  • House District 1. Incumbent, Rod Montoya (R). Unopposed.
  • House District 2.P. Mark Duncan (R) is a Tea Party-style GOP vs Matt Dodson, a Bernie Sanders-style (D), running as an Independent,  in one of the most conservative districts in the state. (Incumbent James Strickler is retiring.)  Dobson lost by a 70%-30% margin.
  • House District 3. T. Ryan Lane, incumbent (R), unopposed.
  • House District 4. Anthony Allison, incumbent (D), unopposed.
  • House District 5. Doreen Wanda Johnson, incumbent (D), unopposed.
  • House District 6Eliseo Alcon, incumbent (D), opposed by Jerri Rowe (R). While it is difficult to mount any enthusiasm for Rep. Alcon after he single-handedly destroyed the effort to reduce predatory lending in the 2021 legislative session. He is seldom prepared in sessions, needing help tracking content and process. No endorsement here. And yet Alcon won handily, 63-37%.
  • House District 7. Danny Bernal, Jr. (D), opposed by Tanya Mirabal Moya (R). Incumbent Kelly Fajardo (R) is retiring.During redistricting, District 7 was significantly redrawn, transforming a safe GOP district into one giving Dems a 51-49 edge, heightening Democrats’ hopes of flipping the seat. Democratic candidate Bernal is a city councilor in Belen. He is no leftist — his campaign platform is focused on getting tough on crime. But this is a potential flip from Red to Blue, so we should put energy into this race. But it was not to be, as the GOP held the seat by a 58-42 margin. So no blue flip this time, but this was an opportunity, to flip a district.
  • House District 8. Rep. Brian Baca (R) incumbent, vs. Paul Matthew Kinzelman (I). There is a lot to like in Kinzelman’s positions, as he favors gun violence prevention legislation, universal healthcare, expanded child tax credits, and has progressive positions in a litany of other areas, as described on his campaign site. And Baca is a very conservative Republican. We don’t have data on how competitive this district is post-redistricting, but in 2020 Kinzelman ran against then-incumbent Rep. Alonzo Baldonado and was thoroughly trounced. (Baldonado since resigned and Baca was appointed to fill his seat in Jan. 2022.) In conversation with others more familiar with the district, we were told that Kinzelman is viewed as an outlier in the district and not a viable candidate. So, unless redistricting has done him a big favor, this race is a long shot. Clearly, if you live in Dist. 8, you should vote for Paul Kinzelmann, but check with others before you invest resources. According to the SOS election website, Baca received 100% of the vote, so Kinzelman must not have mounted a serious campaign.
  • House District 9. Rep. Patty Lundstrom, (D), incumbent. Unopposed.
  • House District 10. Rep. G. Andrés Romero, (D) incumbent, vs. Mary Kay Ingham (R). Romero won 59-41%
  • House District 11. Rep. Javier Martinez (D), incumbent, vs. Lisa Meyer Hagen (R). Rep. Martinez is one of the most solidly progressive Dems in either chamber and perhaps the only House member capable of repulsing Rep. Lundstrom’s effort to become Speaker. His seat is likely safe, although I have no data on how redistricting impacted his district. In 2020 he won by a 4-1 margin, so we guessed he was pretty safe. Pretty safe indeed, as Javier won by almost as large amount as in 2020,  78%-22%
  • House District 12. Rep Art de la Cruz D), incumbent, unopposed. House District 12 is an Albuquerque South Valley District. When Representative Brittney Barreras resigned earlier this year, former Bernalillo County Commissioner Art De La Cruz was appointed to fill the vacancy by the County Commission. Since De la Cruz prevailed in the primary, he has effectively been elected and will keep the seat
  • House District 13. Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D), incumbent, unopposed. Yay!  We would enthusiastically endorse Roybal Caballero if there were an opponent. Happily, that is not the case.
  • House District 14. Rep. Miguel Garcia, (D), incumbent vs. Solomon Pena (R). Garcia is viewed as part of the old-guard progressive Dems, not to be confused with District 68 Rep. Harry Garcia. Miguel Garcia assumed a leadership role in the effort to increase the minimum wage. Garcia won convincingly by a 74-26% margin.
  • House District 15. Day Hochman Vigil (D) incumbent vs. Laura Gutierrez (R). Day is a largely reliable Representative who we strongly supported in 2018 and 2020. Hochman Vigil won handily in both races, but with redistricting we are researching to assess whether this is a sure win.  Apparently a sure win it was as Day Hochman Vigil won convincingly by a 60-35% margin.
  • House District 16. Moe Maestas (D), incumbent, unopposed. So Maestas retains his seat, but will vacate it in January, if he is appointed to replace Sen Jacob Candelaria by the BernCo Commission, and Maestas receives the appointment, then there will be this seat to be filled, presumably by the new and far more progressive BernCo Commission. Stay tuned.
  • House District 17: Cynthia Borrego (D) vs. Ellis McMath (R). This is an open seat on the West Side of Albuquerque, the result of the retirement of Representative Deborah Armstrong, who will be sorely missed. The district has been significantly redrawn and now includes Albuquerque’s Northwest side. Two Democrats faced off in the primary: former City Councilor Cynthia Borrego and Darrell Deaguero. Borrego prevailed and, as a Dem, we endorse her. But based on a less-than-consistent job as an ABQ City Councilor, we are not asking you to campaign for her. There are too many close races in and around ABQ where your time and money might be better spent. But we hope those of you in her district will vote for her. Borrego held the seat for Dems by a margin of 53-47%.  Borrego will need lots of pressure from Dist 17 constituents or her votes could be more GOP than Dem.
  • House District 18. Rep. Gail Chasey (D), incumbent, vs. Scott Troy Canon (R). We certainly want to retain Gail Chasey. She is a courageous, thoughtful legislator.  Our initial info is that her seat is pretty safe, so until further notice, devote your time and money elsewhere.  Indeed, Chasey won in a landslide 85-15%.
  • House District 19. Janelle Anyanonu (D) vs. Kathleen Jackson (R) and Enrique Jesus Cardiel (Independent).  This is a race for an open House seat resulting from the resignation of progressive Democrat Kay Bounkeua. The district covers part of Southeast Albuquerque. A review of Janelle Anyanonu’s campaign website reveals a deep understanding of the issues and strongly progressive positions. Janelle prevailed quite easily in the primary, but many activists in the International District were not comfortable that she moved to the district to run and has no authentic roots in or understanding of the International District.

    For the general election, an intriguing Independent entered the race, Enrique Jesus Cardiel. He is supported by many ABQ activists we know, who tell us he is fiercely progressive, a passionate social justice advocate, and a long-time International District resident and activist. After conversations with International district constituents and interviewing Enrique Cardiel, Retake determined that he is the candidate to support. We felt  that the district is so strongly Democratic that even if Cardiel and Anyanonu split the Dem vote, one will prevail over Jackson. Indeed, that is precisely what transpired, as strong mainstream Dem support  helped Anyanonu overwhelm  Cardiel and Jackson by a 63-14% margin over Cardiel and with the GOP candidate garnering 23% of the vote.
  • House District 20. Meredith Dixon (D) incumbent vs. Robert Salazar (R). The district includes the Albuquerque Foothills from Indian School Road to the city’s southernmost border and from Eubank Blvd. east to Carnuel. A swing seat with a reliable, somewhat moderate Democratic incumbent facing Republican Robert Salazar, whose campaign page does not reveal much, except that our education system should prepare students by ensuring they recognize the U.S. as the greatest nation on earth and that we need to cut taxes and shrink government in NM. It is hard enough to find votes to protect and even increase our state revenues. We do not need to add a fiscal conservative to the Roundhouse. Dixon, on the other hand has solidly progressive position on energy and environmental issues. We are still assessing how challenging Dixon’s race will be. In 2020, she won her seat by just over 1,000 votes. Dixon won by a wider margin in 2022, 56-44% and a comfy 1600 vote margin.
  • House District 21. Debra Sariñana (D) incumbent, unopposed. Yay!
  • House District 22. Stefani Lord (R) incumbent vs. Augustine Montoya (D). We would like to see Rep. Lord doing something other than vote her far-right agenda and obstruct passage of responsible gun violence prevention legislation (she campaigns at gun shows). The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has endorsed Montoya, and his campaign website reflects a grasp of key progressive issues, ia stark contrast to Rep. Lord. We were told by many election experts that this was a bridge too far, a solidly GOP district and despite a spirited campaign, Augie came up short, losing by 56-44% margin. Oh well, but the plus here is that Montoya has built a team and great deal of name recognition, meaning that in 2024, he may be able to secure more Dem. party finances and other resources.
  • House District 23. Ramon Montaño (D) vs, Alan Martinez (R). Incumbent Daymon Ely (D) is retiring. This district covers parts of the Town of Bernalillo west of the Rio Grande as well as northern Rio Rancho.Ramon Montaño is a strong supporter of K-12 education and equitable access to health care. Based on GOP candidate Martinez’s campaign site, he wants to reduce the role of government and restrict the Governor’s capacity to protect us from COVID. We need to keep this seat Democratic. But we didn’t. Martinez prevailed by 1000 votes and a 54-46% margin.
  • House District 24. Elizabeth Thomson (D) incumbent vs. Khalid Emshadi.  While Liz Thomson is one of the hardest working, fiercest advocates for improving access to healthcare and protecting women’s access to all forms of healthcare, her opponent wants to severely shrink government and provide state funding for private schools. The choice here is easy. Liz Thomson has proven herself as a progressive legislator and advocate. We are not sure she needs your help with her campaign, but she definitely deserves your vote. We will update here if we find she needs campaign support.We projected Liz winning easily, and that is precisely what transpired with Thomson winning by a 59-41% margin.
  • House District 25. Christine Trujillo (D) incumbent, unopposed. Yay!
  • House District 26:  Eleanor Chavez (D) vs. Patrick Sais (R).  This is an open seat created by the resignation of 5-term Democrat Georgene Louis. With the District having a 63% Democratic voter turnout history, Chavez is nearly certain to win in November. Chavez is the Executive Director of the NM Hospital Workers Union, vice chair of New Mexicans for Health Security, and a solid progressive who has served in the NM House of Representatives for the 13th district from 2009 to 2012. It would be good to have her return to the House. She deserves you voter and your support, if she needs it. We will keep you posted, but this seems a safe seat, and indeed, Chavez won by a 60-40% margin and so we have a solid progressive ally in Eleanor Chavez.
  • House District 27. Marianne Matthews (D) incumbent vs. Robert Godshall (R). House District 27 is located in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights. The district zig-zags around the Academy corridor, runs east from I-25 along Academy Road past Eubank, extends on the north as far as Paseo del Norte at some points and on the south of Arroyo del Oso Golf Course at some points.  Matthews helped pass legislation to curb prescription drug costs and ensure New Mexicans, including those with pre-existing conditions, will have access to affordable healthcare. She is also a strong advocate for protecting a woman’s right to choose. Godshall, on the other hand, wants to shrink our tax base and offer state funding to support a student wherever s/he attends school, i.e. religious schools and private schools. This school choice policy is standard fare for eroding public K-12 education. We will explore the degree to which her campaign needs help. She didn’t need much help as  Matthews won by a comfy margin of 54-46%.
  • House District 28:  Pamelya Herndon (D) incumbent vs. Nicole Chavez (R). Democrat and attorney Pamelya Herndon was appointed to fill a vacancy. She is opposed by Republican Nicole Chavez in November. Nicole Chavez’s son was the victim of a high-profile murder some years ago, and she’s running on a stern anti-crime platform, which may be enough to oust Herndon given that Democrat performance in the District is 49.5%. We don’t need another vocal tough-on-crime vote in the House, but this will be a very tough race, as there is great concern that Herndon will be unseated, in part due to a pile of NRA $$ that will support Chavez. With a well-funded opponent, Herndon will need all the help she can get. This is an important seat to hold and hold it we did, by a 52-48% margin, but only 650 votes, so close. Your efforts mattered here. Huge win!
  • House District 29. Rep. Joy Garratt (D) incumbent vs. Gregory Cunningham (R). Garratt is a solid Dem, supporting legislation to strengthen K-12 and early childhood education, advance affordable health care and clean energy initiatives, and to protect women’s reproductive rights. She will be reliable on key votes like Health Security. Cunningham won’t. She is also among ten Dem. women Reps. working since the end of the last session to create legislation to modernize the legislature, create paid legislative staff positions for every legislator, and create a constitutional amendment to extend sessions and pay legislators — all reforms that are badly needed. The GOP mounted a furious misinformation campaign via the mail and so we worried about this race, but Garratt ran an upbeat campaign focused on issues that matter, and Garratt prevailed by almost 1000 votes and a 52-48% margin.
  • House District 30. Rep. Natalie Figueroa (D), incumbent vs. Kurstin Johnson (R). This is an Albuquerque NE Heights District. Natalie Figueroa is running for another term in a District once represented by Republican Rep. Nate Gentry, who served as a Republican House leader. Republican Kurstin Johnson, a realtor and the wife of former Bernalillo County Commissioner Republican Wayne Johnson, is running in the hopes of flipping the district back to the Republican column. The GOP had a well-funded campaign and saw this race as an opportunity to flip a seat. We need to hold this seat, as Figueroa has been a solid Rep. Consider that once Dist 30 was a solid GOP district and now Rep. Figueroa has retained her seat again and this time by over 1100 votes and a  comfortable margin, 55-45%. That is great progress and offers hope that perhaps next cycle, the Dems can oust Rep. William Rehm (below)
  • House District 31. Rep. William Rehm (R) incumbent, vs. Athena Christodoulou (D). Christodoulou, a progressive Dem. whose campaign revolves around renewable energy, is facing off against a popular GOP Rep. who has made his campaign entirely focused on tough-on-crime legislation, ignoring all the root causes of crime. Quite obviously, it would be tremendous to flip this seat, but it is a long shot. Christodoulou lost  by a hefty 55-45% margin or almost 2000 votes, so there is more work to be done here.
  • House District 32. Rep. Candie Sweetser (D) incumbent vs. Jennifer Jones (R). District 32 captures part of Grant, Hidalgo and Luna counties, so it is a deeply conservative district. Rep. Sweetser votes with the GOP as often as with the Dems. I’ve been told she is a reliable vote on a narrow range of Dem bills and perhaps that is the best we can get from this district.

    Retake can’t in good faith endorse Candie Sweetser, but her opponent is fundamentalist Christian and the merging of that form of theology with politics is a huge threat to our state and nation. From Jennifer Jones’ campaign website: “An active member of CitiLife Church, Jenifer believes her Christian faith has shaped her perspective on community, service, and government. She will fight for and maintain the rights found within the Constitution of the United States and the State of New Mexico, but most importantly, the rights given by God of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” So there was good reason to prefer Sweetser, even with all her bad votes.  The unofficial SOS results with all precincts counted shows Sweetser trailing by a mere 49 votes and knotted 50%-50%, so a recount will likely be triggered.   Fingers crossed.
  • House District 33. Rep. Micaela Lara Cadena (D) incumbent, vs. Charles Wendler (R). While we were disappointed with Cadena’s 2021 vote to derail the effort to reduce predatory lending rates, her opposition did seem to come from concerns for poor folks with no other access to loans. Otherwise, Cadena is a solid Dem, forthright in her commitment to working families and a strong advocate for prison reform and policies designed to reintegrate released inmates into our community. In this election, she prevailed quite easily by over 1500 votes and a 60-40% margin.
  • House District 34. Raymundo Lara (D) incumbent, vs. Mark Vieth (R). We could not find campaign websites for either candidate, but know that Lara,while moderate on most issues, is a solid supporter of K-12 and early childhood education. In the absence of any info on Vieth, we encourage a Dem vote. Apparently, Vieth was a write-in GOP candidate who failed to garner even 1% of the vote, so Dems hold this seat very easily.
  • House District 35. Rep. Angelica Rubio (D) incumbent vs. Richelle Peugh-Swafford (R). No need to research campaign promises, Rubio has consistently delivered as an advocate for legislative reform, early childhood, a woman’s right to choose and paid sick leave. Plus, we love how she uses her campaign site to educate voters on issues. Another easy Dem win, by a margin of 59-41% and over 1500 votes, Rubio retains her seat.
  • House District 36. Rep. Nathan Small (D) incumbent vs. Kimberly Skaggs (R).
  • Rep. Small has been on the wrong side of many energy and environment bills, from the ETA and Produced Water to an appointed PNM and Hydrogen Hub. But on social issues he is a reliable vote. Vote for Small, but invest your time in re-electing Rubio, Ferrary, and Cadena. Small won but by a relatively small margin. Perhaps HD 36 are figuring out his energy and environmental positions. Small wins by but 404 votes.
  • House District 37. Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D) incumbent vs. Rene Rodriquez (R). Easy choice: Ferrary is a VERY reliable ally who was one of the first to voice opposition to hydrogen, she is a reliable supporter of early childhood education, and a strong advocate for women’s rights (e.g. equal pay, reproductive rights). We are researching the degree to which Ferrary needs help with her campaign. Check back soon. No help needed for one of our favorite legislators, as Ferrary roared to an easy 57-43%, 1400 vote win,
  • House District 38: Tara Jaramillo (D) vs. Sandra Kay Hammack (R). This is the seat that Republican Rebecca Dow of Truth or Consequences vacated to run for governor. House District 38 has long been a Republican stronghold, represented for the last six years by arch conservative Rebecca Dow, who lost the Republican primary election for governor. Dow’s House district was redrawn from reliable Republican turf to an area that performs better for Democrats, according to Research & Polling Inc., the state contractor that compiled data on redistricting. Dow’s district included parts of Grant, Hidalgo, and Sierra counties. In the district’s new form, Grant and Hidalgo no longer are in the district. They were replaced by parts of Socorro and Doña Ana counties. A section of Sierra County remains, but part of Dow’s hometown of Truth of Consequences also was removed from the district, shifted to another district represented by Republican Rep. Gail Armstrong. Tara Jaramillo is a Socorro school board member and a progressive with strong positions on education, healthcare, housing, and social safety net. She warrants our strong endorsement. Redistricting has made the district more Democrat, so this is an opportunity to elect a progressive in Rebecca Dow’s old seat. With Jaramillo’s decisive win in the primary and a well-funded campaign, we don’t want to squander the opportunity to add a progressive voice to the Democratic House Caucus. By the calculations of Research & Polling Inc., the newly formed district has leaned toward Democrats during the last decade, 52 percent to 48 percent. Let’s do this. We recommend volunteering and campaigning for Jaramillo. She needed every bit of help she got, as unofficial SOS returns show Jaramillo leading by 107 votes and a 51-49% margin. The margin is large enough to avoid an automatic recount, so as long as the margin stands, this is an important Dem. Pickup.
  • House District 39: Representative Luis Terrazas (R) incumbent vs. former Rep. Rudy Martinez (D). This is a Silver City area district that once included some of Las Cruces but has swapped Las Cruces for parts of Catron, The seat has been on and off for former Rep. and Democrat Rudy Martinez since 2005, but the highly conservative Republican Luis Terrazas won two years ago and was not opposed in the Republican primary. Martinez narrowly beat Karen Whitlock for the Democratic nomination. Redistricting led to the creation of a district with a 44% Republican voter performance, so with Martinez’s narrow primary win he has a solid shot at the ousting the GOP incumbent in November. Retake endorsed Rudy Martinez, but mostly because of how conservative Terrazas is. No matter Terrazas won convincingly by a 53-47% margin and 1700 votes. We need a better candidate in 2024, as Terrazas needs to go.
  • House District 40: Joseph Sanchez (D) vs. Jerald McFall (R). This is a huge district with rural, mountain, and tribal communities. Roger Montoya is one of the legislators with the most principled progressive values, but he was beaten in the primary by a formidable, conservative Dem. Joseph Sanchez, who has stated that he is a “Gas & Oil candidate.” Sanchez also voted against decriminalization of abortion. He is supported by Working Together, the centrist, corporate-funded PAC, and he is receiving funding from Rep. Patty Lundstrom. Sadly, Sanchez prevailed in a primary race that was not close.

    Retake didn’t endorse Sanchez, and we won’t encourage anyone to devote time or money to his campaign. Sanchez is a penultimate DINO and we may be better off with a GOP Rep. in this district, as a GOP Rep. will not be in the Democratic House caucus. Sanchez won handily by a 61-39% margin.
  • House District 41. Rep. Susan Herrera (D) incumbent, unopposed. Yay! 
  • House District 42. Rep. Kristina Ortez (D) incumbent, unopposed. Yay!
  • House District 43. Rep. Christine Chandler (D) incumbent, unopposed. Yay!
  • House District 44. Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert (R) incumbent vs. Kathleen Cates (D). Rep. Powdrell-Culbert of Corrales has seen her District 44 redrawn to make it competitive. By the research company’s analysis, Democrats have a slight 51 to 49 percent edge in performance, but Powdrell-Culbert has represented this district forever and has a loyal base of business support. Cates is a solid candidate and it would be very good to flip this seat, so if you have time or money, this might be a worthwhile investment. Cates, of Rio Rancho, will fight to protect a woman’s right to choose. She is also a strong and well-informed advocate for affordable housing and supportive housing. 

    We strongly endorse Kathleen Cates and encourage volunteering for and donating to her campaign. This would be a huge win. We were unable to find a campaign website. Your investments paid off, as in a very narrow race, it appears that Cates has prevailed by a narrow 240 vote margin and a 51-49%, hence not close enough to quailify for an automatic recount. While there are still votes being counted, it appears Cates has won an important flip from red to blue.
  • House District 45. Rep. Linda Serrato (D) incumbent, unopposed. Yay!
  • House District 46: Rep. Andrea Romero (D) incumbent vs. Jay Groseclose (R). Two-term progressive Democrat Representative Andrea Romero drew three democratic primary challengers and won her primary handily. She deserves your vote in the general election.Romero has been a solid progressive representative and has demonstrated leadership in advocating for investing in affordable housing and water management and planning. Romero is endorsed by Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club, and Moms Demand Action. The district is heavily Democrat, so, while she has an opponent, she should easily repel this challenge. I am checking to see if Andrea will need canvassing support or contributions, but was told none were needed, And indeed, Andrea won in a 77-23% landslide.
  • House District 47:  Reena Szczepanski (D), unopposed. Yay!
  • House District 48. Rep. Tara Lujan (D) incumbent, unopposed. Yay!
  • House District 49. Gail Armstrong, (R), incumbent, unopposed.
  • House District 50. Rep. Matthew McQueen,(D) incumbent, unopposed. Yay!
  • House District 51. Rep. Richard Block (R), who defeated Rachel Black in the GOP primary, faces Sharonlee Cummins (D). Block is even more conservative than Black and is the State GOP Chair. This district includes all of Otero county and no precincts outside of Otero, so it is Cowboys for Trump territory. Cummins has her work cut out for her, especially given that after 20 minutes of hunting, I could find no campaign site to refer you to to help with her campaign. In fact, folks with whom we have spoken and who know the district have said “no chance.” And no chance turned out to be true, as Block rolled to a 2500 vote, 63-37% margin.
  • House District 52. Rep Doreen Gallegos (D) incumbent vs. John Foreman (R). Gallegos is a far better candidate than her GOP opponent, but during legislative sessions she is too often doing the bidding of lobbyists rather than constituents. Gallegos won easily with a 2500 got 62-39% margin.
  • House District 53. Rep. Willie Madrid (D) incumbent vs. Elizabeth Winterrowd (R). Redistricting has enhanced the chances of incumbent Rep. Willie Madrid of Chaparral. His House District 53 was altered to cover an area that has performed better for Democrats by 5 percentage points. Republicans have nominated newcomer Elizabeth Winterrowd of Las Cruces. In an interview with Milan Simonich, she spoke in generalities except to criticize Madrid’s vote to repeal the 1969 law that criminalized abortion. Enuf said: Go Willie! And go he did, with a narrow 104 vote win, 51-49% margin, an important win for the Dems.
  • House Dist 54. James Townsend (R), incumbent, unopposed.
  • House District 55. Cathrynn Brown (R), incumbent, unopposed.
  • House District 56. An open seat, as GOP Rep. Zack Cook has retired. Harlan Vincente (R) vs Elaine Allen (DTS). We do not know this race or this district, but as a county commissioner, Allen introduced and strongly supported a “Right to Work” bill, which is anathema to labor, so there is no one to support here. But someone had to win and Vincent won handily, by a 63-37%,4,000 vote margin. Not sure this is something to celebrate, as Vincent may be only mqrinally better than the “Right to Work” Elaine Allen.
  • House District 57. Jason Harper (R) incumbent, vs. Michelle Sandoval (D). Jason Harper is a likeable but very conservative legislator who has been known to actually listen and consider Dem. positions before grimacing with regret and voting GOP. Sandoval is a thoughtful challenger, no strident progressive, but a solid moderate Dem. who understands our need to transition to renewable energy, albeit in measured steps. Retake endorsed Michelle Sandoval, but while mounting an effective campaign, it appears Sandoval has fallen just 500 votes short.
  • House District 58. Candy Spence Ezzell (R) incumbent, unopposed.
  • House District 59. Greg Nibert (R) incumbent, unopposed.
  • House District 60. Joshua Hernandez (R) incumbent, unopposed.
  • House District 61. Randall Pettigrew (R) incumbent, unopposed.
  • House District 62. Larry Scott (R) incumbent, unopposed.
  • House District 63. Martin Zamora (R) incumbent, unopposed.
  • House District 64. Andrea Reeb (R) vs. David Lansford (DTS). Current Rep. Randal Crowder (R) is retiring. With Lansford possibly more conservative than Reeb, put your time in other races. Th jury is still out on Andrea Reeb, but Lansford would have been worse. Reeb prevailed by a greater than 2-1 margin.
  • House District 65. Rep. Derrick Lente (D) incumbent, unpposed. Yay!
  • House District 66. Jimmy Mason (R) vs. Andrew Kennedy (Libertarian).
  • An open seat caused by the retirement of Phelps Anderson (R). Either way we lose as Anderson was the most thoughtful Republican in the Roundhouse (not a high bar). Your choice if you live in this district is Mason (bad) vs. Kennedy (worse). So if you live in this district vote for bad and put your energy elsewhere. Mason prevailed by a massive 81-19% margin.
  • House District 67. Rep. Jack Chatfield (R) incumbent, unopposed
  • House District 68. Charlotte Little (D) vs. Robert Moss (R). This is an open seat, as the incumbent, Rep. Karen Bash, retired. Fortunately, Charlotte Little is a solid candidate well worth your vote and your time. Little served as a Tribal Administrator and worked as an Administrative Officer for the United States Department of Health and Human Services. She served New Mexicans through her work as Vice-Chair of New Mexico Voices for Children, President of Emerge New Mexico, and Chair of the San Felipe Pueblo Health Board. We want to take this seat, and Little is the candidate to do it.
  • House District 69. Rep. Harry Garcia (D), incumbent, unopposed.
  • House District 70. Representative Ambrose Castellano (D), incumbent, unopposed.
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