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  Ex-Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez Running in 1st District
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Last EditedJ.R.  Jun 30, 2011 06:29am
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News DateThursday, June 30, 2011 12:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFormer Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez announced Wednesday he is running for the open 1st district seat, giving Democrats what they believe is a strong general election contender.

Chavez, who served three terms as mayor, met recently in Washington, D.C., with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a New Mexico Democratic insider said.

Chavez is the second Democrat to join the race to replace Rep. Martin Heinrich (D), who is running for Senate. He follows state Sen. Eric Griego, who entered the race nearly two months ago and has the backing of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

Other Democrats considering running include Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham, former Sandia Pueblo Gov. Stuart Paisano and Terry Brunner, an Obama appointee to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in New Mexico and former state director for retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.).
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