Two Republican candidates in separate New Mexico congressional races have amassed the petition signatures necessary to get on their party’s primary ballot.
Chris Mathys, a candidate for a U.S. House seat in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, and Gavin Clarkson, who is vying to be the party’s nominee for the U.S. Senate, each confirmed they have turned in the signatures they needed to get their names on the ballot.
Collecting the signatures was the only path the two candidate could get to be eligible to get onto the primary ballot, after each failed to receive a minimum of 20% of delegates at the Republican Party of New Mexico’s preprimary convention March 7. The deadline to gather and file the signatures with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office was March 17.
“We needed 1,240 signatures and I collected 3,728 signatures, over three times the amount required,” Mathys said regarding his campaign via a March 18 text message.
Clarkson said Friday his team received 1,800 signatures, more than the 1,000 he needed to qualify for the ballot.
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A commercial lender and real estate broker from Las Cruces, Mathys is competing against former state Rep. Yvette Herrell of Alamogordo, and Claire Chase, a Roswell resident and former chair of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, to be the party’s nominee in the New Mexico 2nd Congressional District. The 19-county district encompasses most of southern New Mexico down to the southern border and is now represented by U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-NM.
The winner of the primary will face Torres Small in the November general election.
A former official in the U.S. Department of the Interior under President Donald Trump and a Las Cruces resident, Clarkson is one of several Republicans in the race for the U.S. Senate. Fellow Republicans Elisa Martinez, a conservative activist from Albuquerque, and former meteorologist Mark Ronchetti are vying for their party’s nomination.
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-NM, currently the assistant speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, will go up against the Republican nominee for the Senate seat now occupied by Sen. Tom Udall, a Democrat.
Udall announced last year that he would not run for re-election.
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