New Mexico Senate: Balderas to Seek Democratic Nomination

State Auditor Hector Balderas (D) will be a candidate “for the U.S. Senate seat that fellow Democrat Jeff Bingaman plans to vacate next year,” the New Mexican reports.

Balderas filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission and formally will announce his candidacy next week, a source close to Balderas said Thursday.

Balderas, 37, will face at least one other candidate in next year’s Democratic primary: U.S. Rep Martin Heinrich of Albuquerque.

The news of Balderas’ FEC filing came shortly after the political committee of the largest public employee union — the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — voted unanimously to endorse Heinrich.

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