The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee continues to show it will make a push for the Second Congressional District seat. The district is the only one of three that is currently held by a Republican.
The DCCC named Democratic candidate Roxanne Lara to its “Red to Blue” program in her effort to defeat Steve Pearce. This is designed to give Lara more support and resources in her race.
“I am honored by the outpouring of support we’ve had in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, as New Mexicans in every corner of the district have joined our grassroots campaign to stand up for middle class families in southern New Mexico,” said Lara. “The early strength our campaign has demonstrated led us to earn a spot in the Red to Blue program, and it means we have the support, confidence, and momentum it takes to defeat Congressman Pearce in November.”
Lara is one of sixteen candidates to make the program.
The seat is traditionally Republican and was only held by a Democrat for two years when Harry Teague won election in 2008. That year, Pearce made an unsuccessful run for Senate and Teague defeated Ed Tinsley in the general election.
Teague was also a part of the Red to Blue program.
“As a local community leader, Rocky Lara has balanced budgets and fought for good jobs in southern New Mexico, and she has built a well-deserved reputation as a problem-solver,” DCCC chairman Steve Israel said. “Middle class families are tired of Congressman Steve Pearce’s flawed agenda that stacks the deck for special interests, blocks bipartisan immigration reform and puts our seniors’ retirement security at risk.”
Pearce has made a push for some changes to immigration by sponsoring legislation with a Texas Democrat related to the border.
Lara is an attorney and was a county commissioner in Eddy County. She will face Leslie Endean-Singh in the Democratic primary in June.
Interestingly, the DCCC named three districts to the program without a specific candidate because of pending primaries; they backed Lara despite the pending primary.
Pearce has no primary competition.