Updated: May 15, 2020 05:27 PM
Created: May 15, 2020 04:11 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan is the only Democrat running for New Mexico's U.S. Senate seat, which is being vacated by Tom Udall.
Lujan has represented northern New Mexico in Congress since 2009, rising through the ranks to become the Assistant Speaker in the House, a position he will give up to run for Senate.
KOB 4's Chris Ramirez spoke with Lujan about his decision to try to become a U.S. Senator.
Chris Ramirez: How did you weigh that decision? How did you make that decision?
Ben Ray Lujan: It's been an incredible honor to serve the people of New Mexico in the United States House of Representatives. The first conversation was with my mom, my mom Carmen Lujan. We make family decisions together and mom told me and has told me, "Look-- the work you've done in the House, what you have learned from your father, making a positive difference in communities. There is so much more work we can do with the tools available in the United States Senate to make a positive difference in New Mexico.
Chris Ramirez: What would you be able to do differently in the U.S. Senate to make sure that New Mexico's economy is able to rebound?
Ben Ray Lujan: One of the areas I've been most concerned with and this is where we would make one of the biggest differences is to be able to channel what is needed in small communities in place like Mora and Harding County is to ensure the smallest local governments-- counties, cities, towns, villages and tribes are able to benefit from getting a direct payment from the federal government during a crisis.
Libertarian candidate Bob Walsh
Registered Liberatrians will see Bob Walsh on the primary ballot. Walsh is a scientist who specializes in nuclear safety. Chris Ramirez also spoke with Walsh about his candidacy.
Bob Walsh: The emphasis of my campaign is more jobs. The Libertarian root to having more jobs is to reduce regulation, to reduce regulation, promote free trade and reduce restrictions to immigration.
Chis Ramirez also asked Walsh about how he would improve healthcare for New Mexicans during a global pandemic.
Bob Walsh: The action item, if there were an action item, would be to oppose further increase of federal interference in the healthcare system. Simultaneously, we would urge restrictions be lifted so that doctors and patients could decide for themselves how to be tested and how to be treated.
KOB 4 invited all candidates to submit a one-minute video message to voters to state their case to voters. Bob Walsh did not provide a video. Click here to watch Ben Ray Lujan's video.
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