Chris Mathys, a former Republican member of the Fresno (CA) City Council, announced that he will run in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District and challenge freshman Rep. Xochitl Torres-Small (D-Las Cruces). Mr. Mathys will not likely be the strongest Republican coming forward, however. Already, former state Rep. Yvette Harrell (R-Alamogordo), who lost to Rep. Torres-Small by less than two percentage points last November, is sending strong signals that she plans to run again.
Also mentioned is former US Rep. Steve Pearce (R-Hobbs), who relinquished the congressional seat to run unsuccessfully for US Senate. Now the New Mexico Republican Party state chairman, Mr. Pearce, who previously left the House seat to run a losing statewide campaign only to return to Congress, has given no indication that he will again attempt to regain his former political post.
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