House GOP leader retirement shock on legislative filing day

The field is set for the 2018 state House primaries, with eight incumbents not filing for reelection and several others facing potentially competitive challenges either in the primary or the general election. Still, there are 26 candidates, all incumbents, who face no opposition in either the primary or general election. Independent and third party candidates can still enter, but it is much more difficult to make the ballot and win, due to higher signature requirements and a lack of party structure. Meanwhile, just two Libertarian Party candidates took advantage of the party’s new major party status to seek state legislative office. Here is a look at some of the 70 legislative races and dozens of candidates to watch.

On 9/11, NM officials remember and thank first responders

First responders gathered with New Mexico and Albuquerque leaders in Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza on Friday to remember the lives that were lost 14 years ago on September 11, 2001. Gov. Susana Martinez spoke to the crowd of community members and first responders by thanking them for their service. “Thank you for what you do every single day,” Martinez said. She went on to remember her personal experience of the attacks on September 11, 2001. She said the news of planes crashing into the World Trade Center was devastating.

Why you won’t see an ABQ firefighter in the state legislature

Active duty police officers or firefighters from Albuquerque won’t be sitting on the floor of the state House or Senate any time soon. This is because of a State Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday that the city of Albuquerque’s prohibition on employees holding elected office is constitutional. This reverses a district court decision from 2012 that allowed a firefighter with the Albuquerque Fire Department to remain employed by the city of Albuquerque while in office. The case was brought by former State Rep. Emily Kane, a Captain with AFD. When Kane was running, she said she was told to either withdraw her candidacy or resign from her job, since city regulations did not allow her to hold office while working for the city.