- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former deputy to Gov. Susana Martinez has joined the race for New Mexico attorney general.

Susan Riedel, who was Martinez’s chief deputy district Attorney in Las Cruces, said Wednesday she will seek the GOP nomination. Riedel was a prosecutor for 25 years in Albuquerque and Las Cruces before Martinez appointed her to a state district judgeship. But she lost an election last year to retain the seat.

Earlier this month, Albuquerque attorney Jim Baiamonte became the first Republican candidate in the race to replace Democrat Gary King, who is running for governor.

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler, who lost to King in 2014, says he isn’t planning a run this cycle as he is focused on several high profile cases and opening a private civil practice.

Democratic State Auditor Hector Balderas is the only announced Democrat.



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