At least three non-incumbent LGBTQ candidates endorsed by Victory Fund won their New Mexico state legislative primaries – putting the state on track to more than double and potentially triple LGBTQ representation in the state legislature come November.
Non-incumbent state senate candidates Carrie Hamblen and Leo Jaramillo won their Democratic primary races and Rebecca Stair’s state senate race remains too close to call.
Both Hamblen and Jaramillo defeated anti-choice incumbents – with Hamblen defeating current Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen. Victories for Hamblen and Jaramillo were considered critical to securing a pro-choice majority in the state Senate, which is controlled by Democrats.
Roger Montoya, running for the New Mexico state House, also won his primary race and should become the first openly LGBTQ member of the state House. Hamblen, Jaramillo, and Montoya ran in heavily Democratic districts and are likely to win the general election in November.
State Senators Jacob Candelaria and Elizabeth Stefanics – the only two sitting out LGBTQ state legislators – also won their primaries. If all six candidates including Stair win in November, representation in the New Mexico state legislature will triple from two to six.
Victory Fund contributed $5,000 toward an independent expenditure with Planned Parenthood Votes New Mexico Coordinated Committee to support pro-choice candidates for the state House and Senate. It also provided campaign, fundraising, and media support to the candidates.
The New Mexico candidates are among 68 Victory Fund endorsed LGBTQ candidates on the ballot during Pride Month.
Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, released the following statement about the New Mexico primaries:
“New Mexicans have an opportunity to dramatically increase LGBTQ representation in their state legislature come November – and these leaders will fight for equality and for the right to choose when elected.
New Mexico currently has just 10 openly LGBTQ elected officials in the entire state at any level of government. Voters putting forward so many LGBTQ state legislative candidates for the general election represents tremendous progress – and the state will be better off for it.”
Mary Carmack-Altwies, openly LGBTQ candidate for District Attorney in New Mexico’s District 1, also won her primary race.
More information about Victory Fund and its candidates is available on its website at victoryfund.org/ourcandidates. Since 1991, Victory Fund has helped thousands of openly LGBTQ candidates win local, state, and federal elections.
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