FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ONE WEEK BEFORE GOP PRIMARY FOR CD-1,
ARAGON CALLS OUT ILLEGAL CANDIDATES
AND QUESTIONS GOP ELECTION INTEGRITY

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, MARCH 19, 2021 – One week before the Republican primary election to replace Deb Haaland as U.S. Representative for New Mexico’s first congressional district, Albuquerque candidate and radio station owner Eddy Aragon said that four of the six Republican candidates on the ballot are illegal.

“Only I and Elisa Martinez are legally registered with the Federal Election Commission,” Aragon said. “All four other so-called ‘candidates’ either have never registered with the FEC, or registered too late after declaring. They are not legal candidates, and they should not be on the ballot. FEC law states that candidates must register within 15 days of declaring. The process isn’t hard; Elisa registered only two days after declaring.”

All eight Democratic candidates for CD-1 are legally registered with the FEC, and have been for some time.

“Why hasn’t the New Mexico Republican Party ensured that all declared candidates are qualified to be on the ballot?” Aragon asked.

“No votes for Jared Vander Dussen, Ronny Lucero, Michaela Chavez or Mark Moores are legal – and because they are illegal, they cannot be counted,” Aragon said. “These people can no longer present themselves as candidates, because they are out of compliance with federal law. None of the other Republican ‘candidates’ have received official candidate mail from the U.S. Congress, as I have. (See attached photo.)
“These noncandidates have marketed themselves to Republican state central committee members since the beginning of February,” Aragon said. “The party’s negligence in running this primary election has created massive confusion about who is and is not a legitimate candidate.”
Not only has the NM GOP placed illegal candidates on its ballot, Aragon said, it has provided no transparency or verification of the primary voting by its central committee members. Therefore, the election’s integrity is in doubt.

The Democratic Party has announced that their primary election ballots and all central committee meetings are open to the public. Aragon questioned why the Republican Party hasn’t done the same.

“Weeks ago, I called for a simple, easy, and transparent ‘roll call’ vote,” Aragon said, “but party chairman Steve Pearce insisted on hiring a new company for electronic balloting – with illegal candidates.

“Meanwhile, in the absence of any party leadership, I have stepped up to police this election while simultaneously running for CD-1.”
The Republican primary is scheduled for Saturday, March 27.
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