This district has been deemed safely Democrat by several sources with the current incumbent Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) having won past elections by wide margins. Incumbent Lujan Grisham will not be seeking reelection after announcing that she is running in New Mexico’s 2018 gubernatorial election. Deb Haaland won her Democratic primary on June 5. If elected, she will be the first Native American woman in Congress.
Background and Achievements
Haaland was appointed as an Honorary Commander of Kirtland Air Force Base. She then went on to engage in New Mexico’s politics by serving as Native American Caucus Chair for the Democratic Party of New Mexico and Native American Vote Director for a year. Haaland has volunteered for several local, statewide and nationwide elections by engaging and representing Native American communities. Haaland volunteered full-time for Obama’s 2008 campaign, helped with Clinton’s 2016 campaign and several others. In 2017 Haaland helped pass a ban on Conversion Therapy for LGBT individuals in New Mexico. She also helped pass SB 482 in the New Mexico Legislature which allows members of New Mexico Indian tribes to have in-state tuition at higher education institutions.
Positions on Key Issues
- Supports a woman's right to choose
- Will fight to expand access to abortion care.
- Advocates for universal public healthcare through Medicare for All
- Will fight for 100% renewable energy
- Double down on renewable energy to create more good paying jobs
- Advocate for making big, smart investments in public schools
- Supports efforts to help veterans
- Strong advocate for $15 minimum wage
- Take on the NRA
- Protect DREAMers and fight for comprehensive immigration reform
Prospects & Opponents
Haaland won her Democratic primary on June 5. The election is predicted to be safely Democrat with one Republican running unopposed in the primary.
- Feminist Majority
- American Federation of Teachers New Mexico
- American Postal Workers Union Local 380
- 350Action.org and Bill McKibben
- Congressional Black Cauacus PAC
- Equality New Mexico
- National Organization for Women PAC
- Planned Parenthood Action Fund
- To'hajiilee Chapter of the Navajo Nation
- Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations (TASIN)