New Mexico Congressional candidate uses debt ceiling as campaign fodder

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July 31, 2011

New Mexico

SANTA FE, New Mexico: With the debt limit discussion in Washington DC capturing America's attention, candidates for the soon-to-be-vacated 1st Congressional District in New Mexico are weighing in on the matter.[1]

Dan Lewis, an Albuquerque city councilor, said the debt crisis is a result of years of mismanagement.[1]

Lewis and Janice Arnold-Jones -- a former state representative have declared their intention to run in the Republican primary in 2012.

Former mayor of Albquerque Martin Chavez and current state senator Eric Griego are committed to running for the seat on the Democratic ticket.

The seat is being vacated by current officeholder Martin Heinrich. He is instead considering a run for U.S. Senate.[2]

Democrats enjoy a partisan registration advantage of about 62,000 voters in the 1st District. There are three Congressional districts in New Mexico. The New Mexico Legislature is expected to hold a special session in September 2011 to conduct redistricting.

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