Albuquerque attorney Paul Baiamonte announced today that he is running for the position. He is the first Republican to enter the race.
“With decades of legal experience—criminal, civil matters, and family law—I have an in depth working knowledge of our legal system, and I possess a strong moral code and commitment to doing the job correctly,” Baiamonte said in a statement. “Our state has suffered greatly under too many attorney generals [sic] who have developed a ‘do-nothing’ approach, and we are in great need of genuine leadership and a commitment to doing the job correctly.”
Baiamonte graduated from the University of New Mexico and received a law degree from the University of Wyoming according to his press release.
Baiamonte is also a veteran, serving eight years in the U.S. Army.
Baiamonte is the first candidate in the race, but is not the first candidate in the race overall. State Auditor Hector Balderas, a Democrat, is already in the race.
Former Public Regulation Commission commissioner Jason Marks dropped out of the race becuase of an inability to raise enough money.
Current Attorney General Gary King has served two consecutive terms and is term-limited out of office. King is instead running for governor in a crowded Democratic primary.