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Lovejoy to run for PRC

Lynda LovejoyFormer state senator Lynda Lovejoy will announce a run for Public Regulation Commission on Thursday in Gallup, New Mexico.

Lovejoy made the announcement in a press release on Monday morning. She previously was on the commission from 1999 to 2007.

Lovejoy served ten years in the state House and six years in the state Senate. Lovejoy lost in a three-way primary election in 2012. Benny Shendo, Jr. won the primary and was unopposed in the general election.

She will be running in PRC District 4 which is currently held by Theresa Becenti-Aguilar. Becenti-Aguilar was appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson in 2010.

The district covers much of the Navajo Nation as well as natural-gas-rich San Juan County. Both Lovejoy and Becenti-Aguilar are members of the Navajo Nation.

If Becenti-Aguilar runs for reelection, she would face Lovejoy in the June 3 primary.

Lovejoy runs her own consulting firm and has completed the University of Idaho’s Energy Policy Planning Program in addition to having an MBA from New Mexico Highlands University according to her LinkedIn page.

She also ran for President of the Navajo Nation in 2010, but lost to Ben Shelly.

The 2014 election will be the first with new PRC qualifications. Those who wish to run for PRC will need 10 years experience or schooling in an area related to what the PRC covers and will need to complete 32 hours of training a year once they become commissioners.

Voters approved a constitutional amendment requiring new qualifications in 2012. It was up to legislators to decide on what qualifications these were and they did so in the 2013 session.

PRC commissioners are term-limited to two consecutive terms in office. Since Lovejoy has had time off from the position, she is eligible to run for reelection.

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Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.

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