FILE – On this Nov. 5, 2018 file picture, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mick Wealthy speaks at a New Mexico GOP rally in Albuquerque, N.M. earlier than shedding to Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich. Wealthy filed papers on Aug. 1, 2019 to a second run for the U.S. Senate in New Mexico. Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico is retiring. (AP Picture/Russell Contreras,File) The Related Press
By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Related Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican building contractor Mick Wealthy is making a second run for the U.S. Senate in New Mexico.
The Mick Wealthy 2020 marketing campaign committee filed paperwork August 1 with the Federal Election Fee, opening the door for the Albuquerque resident to hunt the GOP nomination.
Wealthy, who misplaced to Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich final yr, confirmed late Monday that he’ll run for an open Senate seat in 2020, although he has not made an official announcement.
Democratic Sen. Tom Udall is retiring.
Wealthy, 65, will face former Trump administration official Gavin Clarkson within the Republican major. Wealthy mentioned he is “not concerned” about Clarkson. “My focus is on the Democrats in the general election,” Wealthy mentioned. “People are concerned about crime and jobs in this state.”
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver are competing within the Democratic major.
Lujan is searching for to grow to be the state’s first Hispanic U.S. senator since 1977. Toulouse Oliver is searching for to grow to be the state’s first girl within the Senate.
Wealthy mentioned he feels he has a greater probability in 2020 that final yr, when Libertarian and former Gov. Gary Johnson additionally ran.
“Him being in the race really hurt us with fundraising,” Wealthy mentioned.
Wealthy mentioned he additionally can have no drawback exhibiting variations with Republican President Donald Trump on sure points. For instance, Wealthy mentioned he is upset by the rise of the federal deficit underneath Trump and would work to get federal spending underneath management.
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