SANTA FE – A Native American candidate for an open congressional seat in central New Mexico has raised the most money this year among a crowded field of Democratic candidates.
Laguna Pueblo member and former state Democratic Party chairwoman Debra Haaland has raised about $298,000 during the first three months of the year. Campaign finance statements filed Sunday show that Haaland’s campaign has a $347,000 cash balance.
Former law school professor Antoinette Sedillo Lopez still has the most cash on hand at $457,000.
Former U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez’s campaign says it raised $145,000 in the first financial quarter and has stockpiled $277,000.
Janice Arnold-Jones is running unopposed for the Republican nomination and raised $32,000.
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham is campaigning for governor and will not seek re-election to the Albuquerque-based district.