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New Mexico state Senate leader runs for re-election

The Associated Press
July 31, 2019 03:33 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's top-ranked state senator has announced she'll run for re-election against two Democratic primary challengers.

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Senate President Mary Kay Papen on Wednesday announced her bid for a fifth term representing a district that stretches from the city of Las Cruces across farming communities of the Mesquite Valley to the U.S. border with Mexico.

The 87-year-old lawmaker is highlighting her legislative achievements in shoring up services for mental health patients. She is competing for the nomination with green business advocate Carrie Hamblen and Tracy Perry, a service provider for the developmentally disabled.

The primary showdown highlights a divide between fiscally conservative Democrats such as Papen and more progressive currents within the party. Papen voted this year against a bill to repeal the state's dormant ban on most abortion procedures.

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