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ABQ city councilor Lewis may challenge Heinrich
Albuquerque city councilor Dan Lewis announced this weekend that he is forming a congressional exploratory committee to potentially challenge Democratic incumbent Martin Heinrich in 2012. The release says that the Republican is “seriously considering” a run at the 1st Congressional District seat held by Heinrich since 2008.
“I’ve heard from many people who believe we are not well represented in Congress. They want and we need a better choice than what we have right now. We need someone who understands the people who live, work, raise families, and go to school in our district,” Lewis said in a statement.
Lewis cited the health care bill and the recent vote on extending the Bush-era tax cuts as reasons why he will run.
“In his first major vote since the November 2010 election, the incumbent congressman voted against extending critical tax cuts for New Mexican workers,” Lewis said. Heinrich voted against the package but had earlier said that he supported tax cuts for all those making under $250,000.
Lewis currently represents District 5, or Northwest Albuquerque. Before becoming a member of Congress, Heinrich served as a city councilor.
Heinrich defeated then-Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White in 2008 and businessman Jon Barela in 2010. Heinrich is the first Democrat to serve in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District.