New Mexico Legislature to face changes

Farmington Daily TimesWidespread change is a sure bet in the New Mexico Legislature this year. No matter what happens in today's primary election, at least 21 of the 112 legislative seats will change hands. Nine of 42 senators are leaving office of their own accord at year's end. Twelve members of the House of Representatives also are giving up their seats, but six hope to remain in the Legislature as senators. In addition, one incumbent member of the House is sure to be ousted in Tuesday's primary. That is because Reps. Bob Wooley and Dennis Kintigh of Roswell are matched against one another in the District 66 Republican primary. Close friends, they were thrown into competition through redistricting. How much deeper the changes go depends on how many other incumbents lose their campaigns for re-election. For Republicans, the primary marks the beginning of what they hope will end a 60-year political drought. They have not controlled the state House of Representatives since 1953, when gas cost 20 cents a gallon and school segregation was still legal under the U.S. Supreme Court's "separate but equal" ruling. State Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, predicted Republicans will not take control of the House in 2013 either. Egolf said in an interview that he thinks Democrats will widen their margin after the general election in November. They now have a 36-33-1 advantage. Read More News New Mexico



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