Jacob Candelaria

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Jacob Candelaria
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New Mexico State Senate District 26
Incumbent
In office
2013-Present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$0/year
Per diem$159/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sPrinceton University (2005)
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jacob R. Candelaria is a Democratic member of the New Mexico State Senate, representing District 26. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

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).[1]

Biography

Candelaria received an B.A. in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.[1] His professional experience includes serving as executive director of Equality New Mexico, and is a board member of the Learners Chess Academy.[1] Candelaria is the first openly gay state senator in New Mexico's history.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Candelaria served on the following committees:

New Mexico Committee Assignments, 2013
Public Affairs
Rules

Issues

Pension reform

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.[3]

Elections

2012

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.[4][5]

New Mexico State Senate, District 26, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJacob Candelaria 100% 11,463
Total Votes 11,463
New Mexico State Senate, District 26 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJacob Candelaria 68.9% 1,835
Carlos Jose Villanueva 31.1% 828
Total Votes 2,663

Campaign donors

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 May 22, 2013.[6]

Jacob Candelaria's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New Mexico State Senate, District 26 Won $52,968
Grand Total Raised $52,968

2012

Candelaria 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
Padilla, Anna$2,500
Conservation Voters New Mexico$2,500
Collie, James$2,000
Madigan, Jesse$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$52,968
Source:Follow the Money

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bernadette Sanchez (D)
New Mexico State Senate District 26
2013–present
Succeeded by
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