Dunn announces he’s running for Congress to replace Pearce

Aubrey Dunn announced he will not run for reelection as state land commissioner and will instead run for congress in the state’s 2nd Congressional District. Dunn, a Republican, made the announcement Tuesday. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, also a Republican, announced earlier he will forego a run for an eighth term in office and instead run for governor. Dunn is so far the second Republican to announce candidacy for the seat, following state Rep. Yvette Herrell of Alamogordo. Other Republicans have said they are considering a run, including state Sen. Cliff Pirtle of Roswell.

Pearce announces he’s running for governor

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce announced Monday that he is running for governor. Pearce becomes the first Republican to announce a run for the position and is taking his third crack at a statewide office after previously losing in two U.S. Senate races.A launch video highlights his time in New Mexico, since a child, and his pledge to help the state recover from its economic problems.

“My commitment is that I’ll work hard every day, bringing jobs back to the state, fixing a broken education system and relieving the poverty that we know is possible to relieve,” Pearce says in the video. Pearce reiterated those points in a press call Monday afternoon. He called it “heartbreaking” that New Mexico is at the bottom of so many lists and asserted that New Mexico has everything it needs to be successful but “we just need to manage it better.”

Management, and his business experience, is something Pearce touched on repeatedly, including when talking about education. Pearce said he wanted to move decision-making closer to the district and classroom level.

Four Dems lined up to run for Congress in CD2

Democrats are lining up to run for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District in 2018. Four have already decided to take a stab at the 2nd Congressional District seat, currently held by Republican Steve Pearce. The district has been held by Republicans for all but two years since New Mexico gained a third seat in 1983. From 2009 to 2011, Democrat Harry Teague held the seat after winning in the Democratic wave election of 2008, when Steve Pearce opted for a Senate run. Pearce again ran for the seat in 2010 and easily defeated Teague.

Dems targeting NM’s 2nd Congressional District

National Democrats announced Monday they will target New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District in the 2018 elections. The move comes as part of an expansion of 20 more Republican-held House seats targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Already, Democrats announced 59 other seats are in their electoral crosshairs. With this second round of targets, Democrats are targeting nearly one-third of all seats currently held by Republicans. (Four seats are currently vacant.)

Republicans said earlier this year that both of the New Mexico congressional districts held by Democrats are on their list of targets.

Pearce Las Cruces office vandalized

A Las Cruces office for U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce was egged this week, according to reports. The Las Cruces Sun-News reported the Las Cruces Police Department said the front door of the office was the only area to be egged. In addition to LCPD, Pearce’s office contacted the U.S. Capitol Police. Pearce denounced the actions in a statement to NM Political Report, saying the “act of vandalism is beyond civil discourse.”

“All of my congressional offices belong to the people of NM-02, and are essential to the everyday operations of assisting people with their social security, veteran benefits, and much more,” Pearce said in the emailed statement. “I thank my Las Cruces staff for cleaning up the mess so that we can resume work as usual for constituents.”

While Pearce’s office said they don’t know who egged the office, the Doña Ana County Republican Party said on Facebook, “This behavior has been a consistent pattern from the Democrat party and their affiliate groups.”

In February, hundreds of people held a protest outside the Las Cruces office and called for Pearce to hold a town hall.

Pearce denounces Trump’s statements, will still back him

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce broke his silence on Donald Trump at a debate against his congressional opponent Tuesday night. Pearce hadn’t addressed the controversial 2005 video, released last week, in which Trump bragged to then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush about kissing women without permission and grabbing them by their genitalia. Pearce called the Trump comments “horrid” and “indefensible,” per the Albuquerque Journal, but still said he would support the Republican nominee over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. NMPolitics.net reported Pearce said he couldn’t support Clinton becuase of the attacks on U.S. govenrment facilities in Benghazi, Lybia. “I think that the comments were horrid.

Merrie Lee Soules is running for Congress

Merrie Lee Soules confirmed to NM Political Report that she is running for Congress in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District. The district is represented by Steve Pearce, and is the most conservative of New Mexico’s three congressional districts. Soules is a Democrat who previously ran for a seat on the Public Regulation Commission. “I am a candidate for congressional district two here in Southern New Mexico,” Soules said in a short phone interview. She said she is running “because it’s important.”