|New Mexico State Senate District 26|
|Bachelor's||Princeton University (2005)|
Because he is unopposed in the general election, he is virtually assured victory on November 6, 2012. Candelaria, at age 25, will be the youngest serving member of the New Mexico State Senate. Candelaria will also be the first openly gay state senator in New Mexico's history.
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 serves as executive director of Equality New Mexico and is a board member of the Learners Chess Academy.
Candelaria received an AB in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
- 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 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Carlos Jose Villanueva||31.1%||828|
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