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New Mexico House seats: Doña Ana County voters have only one contested primary


Goodbye 39, hello 32 and 38!

As a result of the last year’s redistricting of all New Mexico legislative seats, Doña Ana County is now part of nine New Mexico House of Representatives districts. Candidates for all 70 House seats will represent newly drawn districts when the Legislature convenes next January.

The changes mean Doña Ana County is no longer part of House District 39, but it is now included in House districts 32 and 38. House districts 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 and 52 continue to be entirely in Doña Ana County. District 53 includes parts of both Doña Ana and Otero counties.

The only House seat that has contested races in the June 7 Democratic and Republican primaries is in District 38, which includes portions of southeast Socorro County, the eastern half of Sierra County and northeast Doña Ana County. Each primary has two candidates. There are no Libertarians in the race.  Incumbent Rep. Rebecca Dow, a Republican from Truth or Consequences, gave up the seat to run for governor.

The Democratic candidates are Ravi Bhasker, who has been mayor of Socorro since 1990 and ran for state representative in 2004, and Tara Jaramillo, a Socorro speech language pathologist and member of the Socorro Consolidated School District Board of Education. Republicans are Socorro High School teacher Melba T. Aguilar of Socorro and Sandra Kay Hammack, a San Antonio farmer and rancher, beekeeper, store manager and member of the Socorro County Fair Board.

Here are the other Doña Ana County state House seats, none of which have contested primaries:

District 32 (which includes all of Luna and Hidalgo counties and a portion of north-central Doña Ana County): Incumbent Democrat Candie Sweetser vs. Republican Jenifer Marie Jones, both of Deming.

District 33 (entirely in Doña Ana County): Incumbent Democrat Micaela Lara Cadena of Mesilla and Republican write-in candidate Charles Wendler of Las Cruces.

District 34 (entirely in Doña Ana County): Incumbent Democrat Ray Lara of Chamberino is unopposed in the primary and the general.

District 35 (entirely in Doña Ana County): Incumbent Democrat Angelica Rubio vs. Republican Richelle A. Peugh-Swafford, both of Las Cruces.

District 36 (entirely in Doña Ana County): Incumbent Democrat Nathan Small vs. Republican Kimberly Skaggs, both of Las Cruces.

District 37 (entirely in Doña Ana County): Incumbent Democrat Joanne Ferrary vs. Republican Rene Rodriguez, both of Las Cruces.

District 52 (entirely in Doña Ana County): Incumbent Democrat Doreen Gallegos vs. Republican John Foreman, both of Las Cruces. The general election will be a rematch of the 2020 race.

District 53 (Doña Ana and Otero counties): Incumbent Democrat Willie Madrid of Chaparral vs. Republican Elizabeth Winterrowd of Las Cruces.

The 42 seats in the New Mexico State Senate also were redrawn during redistricting. None of those seats is on the 2022 ballot. They will all be up in 2024.