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Conrad James
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Candidate for
New Mexico House of Representatives District 24
In office
January 18, 2011-2013
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Ph.D.Cornell University
ProfessionResearch Engineering
Campaign website
Conrad James is a 2014 Republican candidate for District 24 of the New Mexico House of Representatives.
This candidate is running in a "race to watch" in one of the 20 chambers identified by Ballotpedia as a battleground chamber.

The New Mexico House has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of four seats, which amounts to 5.7 percent of the chamber. In 2012, a total of 15 districts were competitive or mildly competitive. There were nine districts where the margin of victory was 5 percent or less in the 2012 elections. Another six districts had a margin of victory between 5 and 10 percent.

He is a former Republican member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, representing District 25 from 2011 to 2013.


James earned his Ph.D. in Applied Engineering and Physics from Cornell University. His professional experience includes working as a research engineer for Sandia National Laboratories.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, James served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


James' campaign website highlights the following issues:[2]

Economic Policy

  • Excerpt: "Governments are afforded the power of taxation to provide the government with the means to keep an ordered society. Tax policy should not be used to redistribute wealth, choose economic winners and losers, or to engineer society. Taxes should be kept low, simple, broad, and predictable. Government spending should not be tied to tax revenue, but should instead be tied to need for services, inflation, and population growth."


  • Excerpt: "Education is key to securing a bright future for our children, and vocational and academic training should both be a priority. School choice in the form of scholarships, tax credits, and charter schools is an important aspect of ensuring flexibility for meeting the needs of all families. Also, schools should focus on teaching traditional academic/vocational subjects and partner with community groups to address non-academic needs."


  • Excerpt: "Regulation policies should be focused on protecting citizens and the environment and not used to punish/reward particular industries or micromanage the private market. I will continue to work to ensure that more energy is safely produced in New Mexico."



See also: New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2014
Elections for the office of New Mexico House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 4, 2014. Incumbent Elizabeth L. Thomson was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Conrad James was unopposed in the Republican primary. Thomson and James will face off in the general election.[3][4]

The New Mexico House of Representatives is a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia has identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The New Mexico House has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of four seats. District 24 in the House has been identified by Ballotpedia, the New Mexico Telegram and Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC) as a battleground district that could determine control of the New Mexico House of Representatives. The RLCC announced in July that District 24 is apart of the organizations "14 in '14 Races to Watch." The organization is expected to spend a large amount of money to influence this election. In 2014, Incumbent Thomson is facing a rematch against former house member Conrad James (R), who she defeated in 2012 by less than 300 votes.[5][6]


See also: New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2012

James ran for re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the June 5, 2012, Republican primary and was defeated by Elizabeth L. Thomson in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

New Mexico House of Representatives, District 24, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth L. Thomson 51.1% 6,562
     Republican Conrad James Incumbent 48.9% 6,292
Total Votes 12,854


See also: New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2010

James was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives on November 2, 2010. James ran unopposed in the June 1 Republican primary, receiving 1,928 votes, and unopposed in the general election.[9]

New Mexico House of Representatives General Election, District 24 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Conrad James (R) 6,361 100%

Campaign donors


In 2010, James raised a total of $13,536.[10]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
James, Conrad $1,097
New Mexico Realtors Association $500
Chama River Restaurant $475
Devon Energy $400

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Political offices
Preceded by
Janice Arnold-Jones (R)
New Mexico House of Representatives - District 24
Succeeded by
Elizabeth L. Thomson (D)