|New Mexico State Senate District 26|
|December 31, 2016|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Bachelor's||Princeton University (2005)|
Candelaria has worked as a leadership fellow with Think New Mexico, a Santa Fe-based think tank, working on education reform legislation to address New Mexico's high-school dropout rates. He has also spent time as a program evaluator for the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee. He served as a policy analyst to former state house Speaker Ben Lujan (D-Nambe).
Candelaria received an B.A. in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. His professional experience includes serving as executive director of Equality New Mexico, and is a board member of the Learners Chess Academy. Candelaria is the first openly gay state senator in New Mexico's history.
2015 legislative session
At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Candelaria served on the following committees:
|New Mexico Committee Assignments, 2015|
|• Public Affairs|
In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Candelaria served on the following committees:
|New Mexico Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Public Affairs|
On July 10, 2013, Candelaria announced he would not accept pension benefits from the New Mexico State Senate until the system is changed. Elected to the chamber when he was 26, Candelaria could have started receiving benefits at age 36. Candelaria believes the system needs tighter age restrictions to prevent situations like his in the future. "I think we need to tighten that up and ensure that retirement means retirement and the taxpayer isn’t footing a 30-year bill when someone like myself could be working at the age of 36," he said. Candelaria calculated that if he started receiving his pension at 36, he would likely receive half a million dollars from the state.
- See also: New Mexico State Senate elections, 2012
Candelaria ran in the 2012 election for New Mexico State Senate District 26. He defeated Carlos Jose Villanueva in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012, and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|New Mexico State Senate, District 26, General Election, 2012|
|New Mexico State Senate, District 26 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Carlos Jose Villanueva||31.1%||828|
Comprehensive donor information for Candelaria is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Candelaria raised a total of $52,968 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 27, 2015.
|Jacob Candelaria's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||New Mexico State Senate, District 26||$52,968|
|Grand Total Raised||$52,968|
2012Candelaria won election to the New Mexico State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Candelaria raised a total of $52,968.
|New Mexico State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jacob Candelaria's campaign in 2012|
|New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association||$3,000|
|Conservation Voters New Mexico||$2,500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$52,968|
|Source: Follow the Money|
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- Watchdog, "New Mexico voters elect first openly gay man to legislature," accessed June 21, 2012
- newmexico.watchdog.org, "State senator announces he’ll turn down legislative pension," accessed July 10, 2013
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "Official Primary Results," accessed April 15, 2014
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Candidate List," accessed May 12, 2014(Archived)
- Follow the Money, "Contributions to Candelaria, Jacob," accessed April 27, 2015
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Bernadette Sanchez (D)
|New Mexico State Senate District 26
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