Congressional candidates stop by Taos

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 9/19/19

Two of the 11 candidates running for New Mexico's third congressional district visited Taos United Tuesday (September 17) for a meet and greet with local constituents. Valerie Plame and Teresa Leger …

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Congressional candidates stop by Taos

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Two of the 11 candidates running for New Mexico's third congressional district visited Taos United Tuesday (September 17) for a meet and greet with local constituents.

Valerie Plame and Teresa Leger Fernandez both spoke briefly during the meeting at Kit Carson Electric's board room to a full house of voters on their campaign trail. Both are democrats looking for their party's nomination to take on republican Alexis Johnson for the seat Ben Ray Lujan will vacate in 2020.

During the meeting, Plame discussed her move to New Mexico a decade ago following in a career in federal intelligence which she said gave her the experience needed to lead the district. Plame has little experience in the political realm but said she has assisted and worked with Planned Parenthood and United Way of Santa Fe.

Leger Fernandez is a native of northern New Mexico and has worked as an attorney helping Native American Tribes and Pueblos along the way. She has earned the support of Taos Pueblo along her campaign.

District 3 covers the northern portion of the state bordered by Colorado and includes over 680,000 constituents.

Before candidates spoke, Taos United gave their audience a chance to share three minutes worth of information each. Some spoke of political happenings and some of artistic events around town. Members of Taos United said they would have other candidates in the district 3 race for similar forums in the future.

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