The New Mexico Democratic Party announced a runoff slated for Wednesday after no candidate received a majority vote in Tuesday’s selection process aiming to gear up for a June special election to fill Deb Haaland’s old U.S. House seat.
New Mexico state Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and state Rep. Melanie Stansbury will move to a runoff election on Wednesday.
Acoma Pueblo lawmaker and attorney Georgene Louis was a candidate for the nomination but was not chosen.
The selection process includes a closed-door, internal election by members of the party’s “state central committee.” The committee is a special coalition made up of approximately 200 local Democrats who voted for the party’s nominee.
“I want to extend my gratitude to all of the incredible candidates who will not be advancing,” the party’s chair Marg Elliston said in a statement. “We’re grateful to all of our candidates for running strong, issue-focused campaigns, and we look forward to determining our nominee in the coming days.”
Whichever candidate is selected by the party will be the lone Democrat on June’s ballot.
Other party’s have already chosen its nominees in Republican state Sen. Mark Moores and Libertarian Chris Manning.
A three-term state senator, Moores positioned himself as a seasoned campaigner and fundraiser, with a conservative voting record at the statehouse in Santa Fe on issues of gun rights and natural resources.
Manning is a war veteran and staff auditor at an accounting business who says he will address health insurance reform and ending the war in Afghanistan, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
The results are as follows, according to the NM Democratic Party:
Antoinette Sedillo Lopez – 74 votes
Melanie Stansbury – 43 votes
Randi McGinn – 34 votes
Victor Reyes – 18 votes
Selinda Guerrero – 13 votes
Georgene Louis – 13 votes
Francisco Fernández – 2 votes
Patricia Roybal Caballero – 1 vote
In addition, one person wrote in “ABSTAIN.”
Voting will resume Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. MT. The process will continue until a candidate receives a majority of votes by the committee.
Indian Country Today is a nonprofit news organization. Will you support our work? All of our content is free. There are no subscriptions or costs. We have hired more Native journalists in the past year than any news organization ─ and with your help we will continue to grow and create career paths for our people. Support Indian Country Today for as little as $10.