ALBUQUERQUE, NM, MARCH 26, 2019 – Mick Rich, the 2018 Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in New Mexico, said today that he is considering another run for Senate in 2020 in light of incumbent U.S. Senator Tom Udall’s announcement on Monday that he will not seek re-election.
“Liberal progressives represent the entire New Mexico congressional delegation,” Rich said. “Now more than ever, hard-working New Mexicans need a voice in Washington, D.C.”
Rich said that New Mexicans cannot be fully represented by only Democrats, or by elitists of either party who do not understand the struggles of working families.
“Like everyone, I am done with politicians who think their wealth or family name entitle them to elected office,” Rich said. “I’m done with hateful identity politics that divide our communities by race and faith, and that distract from New Mexicans’ real needs: good-paying jobs, safe communities, and an education system that works for our children.”
In 2018, incumbent Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich defeated Rich and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party nominee, in a three-way race. Rich and Johnson split conservative and moderate votes; the final tally was Heinrich 54 percent, Rich 31 percent, Johnson 15 percent.
Rich predicted that in the 2020 race, Libertarians will join Republicans and traditional and moderate Democrats to elect a senator who represents New Mexicans’ values of family, faith, and community.
Since January, Rich has hosted a weekly public affairs program, “On the Road with Mick Rich,” which airs Saturdays at 2pm on KIVA Radio in Albuquerque at 1600AM/FM93.7 and live streaming on ABQ.FM.
“Whether or not I decide to run,” Rich said, “I will work tirelessly for our shared vision of a prosperous, healthy, strong New Mexico.”
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