Albuquerque, NM – With U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich vacating his first congressional district seat to campaign for the U.S. Senate, politicians on both sides of the aisle are already lining up to replace him in the House.
On Sunday, conservative Albuquerque City Councilor Dan Lewis officially launched his 2012 campaign. A business owner and church pastor, Lewis told more than 300 supporters at the Hotel Albuquerque that he hopes to stop what he called "the insanity of rampant government spending." Lewis explained, "Because I believe I can help promote and protect job creating small businesses. Because I believe we must fix our economy in order to strengthen our national security."
Lewis said people in the US have overcome many challenges, but added he doesn't believe the nation's economy will recover until the federal budget is balanced. "We're fed up," Lewis continued. "I know you're fed up, and I'm fed up, with foolish economic policies, with uncontrolled spending, and with the increased taxes to pay for it. It's immoral to pass on to future generations of Americans the pain and the price of our government's excess."
On the Republican side, Economic Development Secretary designate Jon Barela, who ran against Heinrich for the District 1 seat last year is considering another run. Former state Representative Janice Arnold-Jones has also launched an exploratory committee. New Mexico state legislators Senator Eric Griego and Representative Anthony "Moe" Maestas, have said they may seek the Democratic nomination next year.