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Small Business Oriented Republican Announced Run For Senate District 9
Diego Espinoza announces he’ll run for Senate District 9 seat
By: Dan Boyd
September 9th, 2015 at 1:04pm
Diego Espinoza, a Republican businessman from Rio Rancho, has announced his candidacy for the Senate District 9 seat currently held by Sen. John Sapien, D-Corrales.
New Mexico Republicans are setting their sights on seizing control of the state Senate next year, after a historic takeover of the House of Representatives in 2014.
The Senate District 9 seat is seen as a key district in that fight, though Sapien won re-election to it in 2012 after first being elected in 2008. It encompasses Corrales, Placitas and parts of Rio Rancho, Bernalillo and northwest Albuquerque.
Espinoza is the programs director for CSI Aviation, an Albuquerque-based international air service charter. He worked last year as Allen Weh’s campaign manager in Weh’s unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate.
In announcing his candidacy, Espinoza accused Senate Democrats of playing “political games” and said he would support changing the state’s labor laws so that nonunion employees would not have to pay union fees as a condition of employment.
Democrats currently hold a 24-18 majority in the Senate, with all 42 seats up for election in 2016.
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