Race to Replace

Dems and Republicans vie to be NM's next No. 2

The race for New Mexico’s next lieutenant governor is, among other things, huge: Five Democrats and three Republicans will compete in their respective races in the June 1 primary. The winners of each race will then face off Nov. 2

To make their sheer numbers a bit easier to digest, SFR decided to offer their stats and platforms in the form of faux social-media profiles from the race to replace (get it?) current Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.


for extended candidate interviews (and links to their real Facebook profiles) and

for more info on these and the other primary election races.

José Campos

Status: “Our message is resonating and the campaign’s looking great.”

Current City: Santa Rosa

Birthday: June 8, 1961

Occupation: restaurateur

My Best Quality: “experience as a businessman of 25 years, a county commissioner, a mayor of 12 years and a state representative of eight”

Political Views: Democrat

“I would be pushing to complete the [Renewable Energy] Transmission Authority so that renewable energy can take off and create new, better-paying jobs ASAP. We need to move on it now. We’re not going to create jobs just for the sake of creating jobs; we’re going to be moving into a new industry.”

Brian Colón

Status: “Very excited about the Earth Day events we did this morning.”

Current City: Albuquerque

Birthday: January 26, 1970

Occupation: lawyer

My Best Quality: “putting people at ease and

bringing people together”

Political Views: Democrat

“My platform is about the economy, education and ethics in government. We want to make sure we have an open-door policy, whether it’s our actions or transactions—those should all be accessible for scrutiny. We need to look at bolstering the resources in both the attorney general’s and the state auditor’s office.”

Kent Cravens

Status: “Just got done paying my gross receipts taxes, so I have a huge smile on my face.”

Current City: Albuquerque

Birthday: January 25, 1960

Occupation: owner of a small printing business

My best quality: “There’s two words that describe it: honesty and integrity.”

Political Views: Republican

“The growth of state government has been extremely unhealthy. If the jockey is heavier than the horse, it’s a bad bet—and right now the horse is being crushed under the weight of this bureaucracy. I think it’s time to turn it around.”

Linda Lopez

Status: “Energized and encouraged and excited about the


Current City: Albuquerque

Birthday: March 16, 1964

Occupation: part-time special projects coordinator for Bernalillo County

My best quality: “patience”

Political Views: Democrat

“We have never really funded education to its fullest need. This is where our communities need to come up to the plate and start working with our schools. We are in a recession [and] at the state level, we need to be vigilant to make sure this is not permanent.

Brian K Moore

Status: “Thinking about how to answer your questions so I don’t look like an idiot…LOL.”

Current City: Clayton

Birthday: April 16, 1952

Occupation: grocer

My best quality: “I’m a hard worker.”

Political Views: Republican

“There’s a lot of opportunity for combining some state agencies, looking at duplication of effort and really figuring out how we can do the same work or even more with fewer resources. Let’s quit doing this: ‘It’s the past administration’s fault’ or ‘It’s the other party’s fault.’ Let’s sit down together and start working things out. The anger is what’s going to drive some of the change, but you can’t govern from that perspective.”

Gerald Ortiz y Pino

Status: “National Association of Women Business Owners

dinner tonight.”

Current City: Albuquerque

Birthday: August 27, 1942

Occupation: retired social worker

My best quality: “that I get passionate about issues”

Political Views: Democrat

“The claims of executive privilege are at a level far beyond where any [governor] had ever gone. But that’s because the Legislature went along with it! The Democratic leaders of the Legislature gave in, in a way they must be regretting today…We’ve got to re-establish a more balanced equity in the distribution of power between the executive and the Legislature.”

Lawrence Rael

Status: “Just left my 11- and 4-year-olds at school. They had a party celebrating Earth Day.”

Current City: Los Ranchos

Birthday: March 26, 1958

Occupation: retired; former director of the

Mid-Region Council of Governments

My best quality: “my sincerity and…I think the word is approachability”

Political Views: Democrat

“I would look at programs we might be able to restructure so we don’t have redundancies. There are opportunities in many areas—transportation, health, social services…Those are things you look at in a budget.”

John Sanchez

Status: “Excited to be in the capital city; reminds me of how beautiful northern New Mexico is.”

Current City: Albuquerque

Birthday: January 11, 1963

Occupation: businessman

(contractor and development)

My best quality: “I’m dedicated, tenacious and hard-working.”

Political Views: Republican

“The challenge for conservative Republicans is to get back to our true pillars of our values. The Bush-Cheney administration started out well but clearly lost focus…We can disagree on some of the social issues, but the fiscal issues that affect all New Mexicans [are] where the discussion should begin.”

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