Albuquerque Democrat and former House Majority Leader Rick Miera said Monday that he will run for lieutenant governor in a statement.
“New Mexicans deserve leaders who have the courage to make the bold decisions we need that will get our state moving again,” Miera said in a statement announcing his candidacy.
Miera served in the New Mexico House of Representatives from 1991 to 2014.
In the event of a tie vote in the Senate, the lieutenant governor will cast the tie-breaking vote, something that very rarely occurs. The lieutenant governor also acts as governor when the governor is out of state.
“I will fight for policies that support our families, our communities and hardworking individuals, and will put facts ahead of political party or ideology,” Miera said.
The only other announced candidate for lieutenant governor so far is Jeff Carr, a recently retired teacher at Taos High School and longtime Democratic Party activist. Carr announced his candidacy in January.
So far, no Republican has announced their intention to run for lieutenant governor or governor as of yet.
The deadline to announce a candidacy for statewide office is in 2018, though candidates typically announce and begin campaigning well ahead of the deadline so they can start fundraising.
The lieutenant governor primary candidate that wins will run along side the winner of the governor primary candidate of the same party. Unlike presidential candidates, candidates for governor do not get to choose their running mate.Like this story? Sign up for our daily newsletter to get more of our best original news.