ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Feb. 11, 2021 – Eddy Aragon, candidate to replace Deb Haaland to represent New Mexico’s first congressional district, today announced that he will sue New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver in New Mexico federal court to force a primary in the upcoming special election.

Currently, state election law leaves it up to the major political parties to determine how they will select special election nominees. New Mexico’s Democratic and Republic parties leave that decision to their state central committees, instead of the voting public.

“It is insanely un-democratic for a group of 134 people to determine a nominee for a federal election – or any election,” Aragon said, referring to the number of Republican state central committee members who will determine the party’s nominee. “Given our state’s long history of corruption, you’d hope that back-room deals between elite power brokers would be in our past. But it’s happening again, right now.”

Aragon, owner and host of Albuquerque radio station KIVA (ABQ.FM / 1600 AM / and popularly known as “The Rock of Talk,” said that two announced Republican special election candidates have family or business relationships with the party’s officers.

“This is why the New Mexico Republican Party is becoming more and more irrelevant,” Aragon said. “They act as elites, but grassroots Republicans are now strongly anti-elitist. The leaders of both parties look down on working people. And to maintain their control, they try to pit us against each other.

“My campaign ushers in a new political and social era,” Aragon said. “We common people, we working people, are not going to take any more abuse from the political ruling class. Republicans, Democrats, Independents and Libertarians will join together and elect people like us to protect our rights and our liberty. That is why I am running for Congress.”

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