Lara, a former Eddy County Commissioner, also recently ran to be the chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. Lara lost to Sam Bregman in that race.
Lara announced her candidacy in a press release.
“I grew up here and have proudly served our communities in southern New Mexico, and I am committed to working for every person living here and the priorities we all share,” said Lara. “We live in a special place, and we know its untapped potential. There is so much to do and so many benefits we’ll see once our leaders start acting on the right priorities.”
“New Mexicans deserve someone in Congress who is committed to our needs and values, but we haven’t been getting that from Washington lately. I’ll change that by following a straightforward principle: I will work with anyone who shares a willingness to work for a better New Mexico. This is how I worked as a commissioner for Eddy County and how I’ve approached every job serving our community. This is how New Mexico works, and this is how we can make Washington work for us again.”
Lara will be facing Leslie Endean-Singh in the Democratic primary.
The two are the lone announced Democratic candidates to take on Rep. Steve Pearce in the traditionally conservative-leaning district.