City councilor, former professor announce bids run for Congress |

City councilor, former professor announce bids run for Congress

J.R. Oppenheim
April 21, 2017 08:14 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- An Albuquerque city councilor and a former University of New Mexico law professor will run for office in New Mexico's First Congressional District.


City Councilor Pat Davis said Thursday morning he intends to run for a U.S. House of Representative's seat currently held by Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat who has already announced her candidate for governor. Later Thursday, Antoinette Sedillo Lopez released a statement revealing her interest in running for Lujan Grisham's seat.

Though city councilors do not run for office with their party affiliation, Davis is a registered Democrat. He won his District 6 seat on the city council in 2015. His district covers Albuquerque's southeast side, including the University of New Mexico, Nob Hill and the International District.

Davis also works as the executive director for Progress Now New Mexico, a progressive advocacy organization.

"Since joining ProgressNow New Mexico in 2011, I have fought to hold the Republican administration in Santa Fe accountable," Davis said in a statement released Thursday. "I will continue to push to bring green energy jobs to New Mexico, make healthcare more affordable, and give our community a progressive voice in the fight against Trump." 

Sedillo Lopez is also a Democrat. She worked as a UNM professor for 27 years with eight years as the director clinical law programs and associate dean for clinical affairs. She focused on social justice and civil rights issues, and she has published articles and essays on topics such as child abduction, Navajo marriage and women's rights.

She pointed to President Donald Trump's "narrow-minded and discriminatory policies" as motivation for her congressional bid.

“President Trump has ushered in a green light for intolerance and division that will set our community back – and set our nation back – decades. I know what it’s like to be discounted, dismissed and discriminated against because of the color of your skin. I’ve never tolerated that personally or in my community, and I certainly do not tolerate it from our national leaders,” she said in a statement.

Democrats have held the First Congressional District -- primarily the Albuquerque Metro and areas of Torrance County -- since 2009. Martin Heinrich represented the district from 2009-13 until he won a U.S. Senate seat, and Lujan Grisham has served for the last three terms.

Prior to that, a Republican held the congressional seat -- Manuel Lujan from 1969-89, Steve Schiff from 1989-1998, and Heather Wilson from 1998-2009. The seat was vacant for three months in 1998.

More information about Davis can be found at Sedillo Lopez's information can be found at


J.R. Oppenheim

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