Five Democrats filed signatures to run for governor on Tuesday.
Statewide candidates needed at least 2,186 signatures on the Democratic side and 2,445 signatures on the Republican side.
The amount of signatures was two percent of the votes cast in the previous gubernatorial primary election. Democrats outnumber Republicans in the state, but there was not a competitive primary from governor among Democrats — Diane Denish was unopposed while Susana Martinez prevailed in a five-way Republican primary.
Susana Martinez was the lone Republican to file, which is not a surprise, and the same with Lt. Gov. John Sanchez.
The Democratic candidates who filed were Lawrence Rael, Attorney General Gary King, businessman Alan Webber, State Sen. Howie Morales and State Sen. Linda Lopez.
King says they delivered over 10,000 signatures, while Webber said they delivered over 7,000. Lopez’s campaign told NM Telegram that they turned in 4,163 signatures. Howie Morales’ campaign said they delivered just under 3,000 signatures but did not pay any canvassers and only used volunteers. Rael’s campaign tells NM Telegram that they turned in 4,500 signatures.
NM Telegram as reached out to the Lawrence Rael campaign for the amount of signatures they filed.
Two Democrats are seeking the ballot position as Lieutenant Governor — Debra Haaland and Marie Julienne.
On the Senate side, Tom Udall filed for reelection. He is heavily favored to win reelection and filed 7,515 signatures.
There are two Republican candidates hoping to take on Udall in the general election. Former state Republican Party chairman Allen Weh filed more than 4,000 signatures. Former Republican Party of Dona Ana County David Clements announced he had 3,863 signatures.
Hector Balderas was the lone Democrat to file for Attorney General, while Jim Baiamonte and Susan Riedel will face off in the Republican primary.
Three Democrats filed to run for the Democratic nomination for State Treasurer — Tim Eichenberg, Patrick Padilla and John Wertheim.
They will see who faces Republican Rick Lopez.
There was on surprise entry down-ballot — Albuquerque attorney Robert Blanch file to run against incumbent Rep. Ben Ray Lujan for the Democratic nomination in the state’s Third Congressional District.
Jeff Byrd filed to run as a Republican in the district.
Rep. Steve Pearce is the lone Republican in the 2nd Congressional District, while Democrats Roxanne Lara and Leslie Endean-Singh both filed signatures in the intention to run.
In the First Congressional District, Rep. Michelle Lujan-Grisham won’t face a primary opponent, while Republicans Mike Frese and Richard Priem will face off.
In other statewide races, there was just one candidate on each side. For Secretary of State, Republicans will have incumbent Dianna Duran while Democrats have Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver as their candidate.
For State Auditor, State Sen. Tim Keller is the lone Democrat to file and will face Republican Robert Aragon.
For Commissioner of Public Lands, incumbent Ray Powell will run for a second term while Republican Aubrey Dunn will attempt to take the position back for Republicans.
The next big event for candidates is the pre-primary candidates. Those that get 20 percent of the vote from delegates will get an automatic spot on the ballot. It will also determine the order on the June primary ballot.
Candidates who do not reach 20 percent will need to collect extra signatures to make the ballot — an additional two percent of registered voters based on the last primary election.
Republicans will hold their pre-primary convention on March 1 and Democrats will follow a week later on March 8.
Filed under: Attorney General, CD1, CD2, CD3, Elections, Featured, Governor, Secretary of State, Senate · Tags: 1st Congressional District 2014, 2014 elections, 2nd Congressional District 2014, 3rd Congressional District 2014, Attorney General 2014, Commission of Public Lands 2014, Governor 2014, Secretary of State 2014, State Auditor 2014, State Treasurer 2014