The Associated Press
Updated: January 15, 2020 12:17 PM
Created: November 20, 2019 12:55 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Elisa Martinez, a Latina Republican and member of the Navajo Nation, is running for the open U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico.
Martinez is seeking the GOP nomination to take on likely Democratic nominee U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján.
The anti-abortion activist will face meteorologist Mark Ronchetti, shooting range owner Louie Sanchez, contractor Mick Rich and college professor Gavin Clarkson in the primary.
Martinez grew up in Gallup, New Mexico. Her father has deep Hispanic roots in the state going back 15 generations and her mother’s family is Zuni Pueblo and Navajo.
If elected, Martinez would become the first Native American woman elected in the U.S. Senate.
KOB 4 sat down with Martinez to learn more about her decision to run. Watch the video to hear what she had to say.
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