Salazar Says He Will Run One More Time

Rep. Nick Salazar in the Roundhouse on Feb 10 when he announced he would run for reelection. Valley Daily Post photo

Salazar Says He Will Run One More Time

Staff Report

It’s official; Representative Nick Salazar has declared his intention to run for reelection this year setting the stage for what may be the most watched primary race in June.

Wednesday morning representative Salazar visited with press at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe to inform them that he has decided to go ahead and run for reelection this year. This announcement comes after Rio Arriba County Commissioner Barney Trujillo earlier announced his intention to run for the State House District 40 seat.

Rep. Salazar said in a statement “After much discussion with my family and friends, and at the urging of my constituents over the past several months, I have decided to announce for reelection for another term as your State Representative for District 40 in the coming election. I am proud of my record as your state representative and proud to have served you, my community, and the people of the state of New Mexico for the last 44 years.”

When asked what his priorities would be if reelected Rep. Salazar stated that water issues are a key concern throughout District 40 and he intends to work on them further. Representative Salazar is the longest serving state representative in the New Mexico house, having been originally elected in 1972. He is well known for his trademark red carnation that he wears every day and for the past work he has done on the House Appropriations committee to provide funding to senior citizen programs.

When reached for comment, County Commissioner Barney Trujillo provided a statement that said, “While I think it goes without saying that Rep. Salazar’s service has been appreciated, the fact still remains that his leadership has been missing for years. Every day, I travel District 40 and hear stories of closed senior centers, underfunded schools, failing acequias, abandoned court houses, and missing critical infrastructure.  My campaign is about restoring this seat to the voters and ensuring all communities, including Mora, Colfax, San Miguel, and the ignored portions of Rio Arriba have a Representative that shows up and gets results, like I have for the last 6 years on County Commission.”

House District 40 includes portions of Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba, and San Miguel counties. Trujillo and Salazar, both Democrats, are the only declared candidates running for this seat. As the district leans heavily Democratic it is probable this election will be decided in the Democratic primary in June.