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Padilla won’t run for Lt. Gov., endorses Colón
Law student and former Naval Officer Matt Padilla, a Democrat, announced that he will not run for lieutenant governor in a release sent to media early this morning. That leaves seven Democrats already running or considering running for lieutenant governor and three Republicans vying for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.
In announcing that he will not run, Padilla also said that he would throw his support behind former state Democratic Party chairman Brian Colón, who is also for the position.
“While there are many candidates who bring diverse experiences to this race, one candidate in particular stands out above the rest,” Padilla wrote. “Mr. Brian Colón has already shown that he will be a voice for the voiceless based on his advocacy for all New Mexicans as the Chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party.”
Padilla cited Colón’s success as Democratic Party chairman and said, “his ideas, energy, and experience as an attorney and the Chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party have prepared him with the tools needed to successfully take on the duties of the office of Lieutenant Governor.”
Padilla will read a statement announcing that he is not running and instead backing Colón’s bid at tonight’s Lieutenant Governor’s forum in Santa Fe.
Those who will participate in tonight’s forum are Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano, Albuquerque state Sens. Linda Lopez, Gerald Ortiz y Pino and Tim Eichenberg, state Rep. Jose Campos of Santa Rosa, Colón and veteran politico Lawrence Rael.