Michelle Lujan Grisham Campaigns In Española

by Staff Reporter / Dec 20, 2017 / comments
Valley resident Al Duran stands next to Congresswoman Lujan Grisham as he speaks to the audience about her record of service, with Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan standing immediately behind him. Valley Daily Post photo

Michelle Lujan Grisham Campaigns In Española

Staff Report

Michelle Lujan Grisham rallied supporters at La Cocina restaurant in Española this past Saturday as she continues to campaign across the state for Governor.

Lujan Grisham, the current Congresswoman representing New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District in Washington DC announced a little more than a year ago that she would be giving up her seat in Congress to run for Governor in 2018.

Since that announcement she has traveled the state, sharing her vision for economic development and education reforms to all who listen.

Lujan Grisham stands on a chair to speak to a packed room at La Cocina during her campaign event this past Saturday. Valley Daily Post photo

Lujan Grisham, who previously served as a cabinet secretary under Governor’s Bruce King, Gary Johnson and Bill Richardson, stood on a chair to speak to the audience of 80 people at a Saturday’s event. She spoke of her 16 years experience in state government, her plans to move the state forward and her desire to continue to bring positive change. Lujan Grisham’s message has received support from several local politicos and candidates for office who have endorsed her or attended Saturday’s event.

Leo Jaramillo, candidate for Rio Arriba County Commission poses with Lujan Grisham at Saturday’s event. Valley Daily Post photo

Two local state legislators also earlier endorsed Lujan Grisham, including Representative Nick Salazar who is retiring next year, and Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard who is also seeking higher office with her campaign for New Mexico Land Commissioner.

State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (center), the Chair of the House Education Committee and candidate for State Land Commission attended Saturday’s event, and is seen here with her mother-in-law and Velarde resident, Ida Vasquez (right) and sister-in-law Stephanie Vasquez (left). Garcia Richard endorsed Lujan Grisham this past summer.

Lujan Grisham is facing three opponents in the Democratic Party primary election on June 5, including State Senator Joseph Cervantes, businessman Jeff Apodaca, and alcohol awareness advocate Peter DeBenedittis. Congressman Steve Pearce from Hobbs is the only announced Republican running for Governor.

Even the dogs got involved, with a dog owner decorating her dog’s harness with campaign stickers. Valley Daily Post photo