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Competition opens for New Mexico House, utility elections | LAMonitor.com

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Major-party candidates seeking election or re-election to the New Mexico House of Representatives, the state’s utility-oversight commission and local judicial seats registered to run for office on Tuesday with state and county election regulators.
The one-day window for filing signature petitions with the Secretary of State’s Office and county clerks marked the start of earnest competition in June primary and fall general elections. Election officials have a week to confirm that candidates meet requirements.
Seventy House seats are up for election in November. Democrats currently have a 38-seat majority, and are aiming for trifecta control of the governor’s office and both legislative chambers as Republican Gov. Susana Martinez leaves office after two consecutive terms. Elections for the Democrat-controlled Senate take place next in 2020.
Republicans last won a House majority in 2014 elections, interrupting six decades of Democratic control.
Republican Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes announced Tuesday that she would not seek re-election to an Albuquerque-based seat that she wrested from Democratic control in 2014. She endorsed as a successor Republican candidate Brad Winter, an Albuquerque city councilor.
— Read on www.lamonitor.com/content/competition-opens-new-mexico-house-utility-elections

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