Mary Hotvedt is running for the open seat in House District 38. Long represented by a conservative republican, district 38 covers a huge area running from the Arizona state line in the west to the Otero County line in the east, with the Catron and Soccoro County lines bordering in the north of the district. It covers Truth or Consequences, Mimbres, Pinos Altos, Cliff, Gila, and the western part of Silver City.
Hotvedt has been a lifelong teacher and family therapist and has experience working for some of the most vulnerable people in the world. She taught Spanish-speaking preschoolers along the border and to migrant workers’ children in Wisconsin and she and her husband helped teach kids at an orphanage in Zambia.
She’s served her community in Grant County in a variety of ways over the last 10 years. Active in the Grant County Democratic Party and at the state level, she’s also served as a board member of the Border Area Behavioral Health Services and Grant County Prospectors, Women’s Club and Silver City Museum Board. She currently teaches as an adjunct professor at Western New Mexico University and does strategic planning work with local non-profits.
What is she up against?
Since taking over as the majority party in the State House in 2014, Republican leaders have raised more money from corporate and lobbyist interests than in any other time in New Mexico history.
A Republican Super-PAC- Advance NM NOW – is already running attack ads against Democratic candidates. Here’s what you need to know:
- This one Republican Super PAC reported $1.1 million in cash available to attack Democratic candidates for the 2016 elections – most of that money came from a handful of oil and gas companies and lobbyists, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
- The man behind this PAC is Gov. Martinez’s campaign manager who was recently investigated by the FBI for using shell companies to hide his involvement in campaigns and fundraising for attack ads
- Her opponent Rebecca Dow is currently the target of a lawsuit over her response to victims whose children were molested in a child care center she runs
Why does this race matter to the rest of New Mexico?
This House seat has flipped between Democrat and Republican control three times in the last four election cycles. The Republican incumbent in this seat is leaving his seat at the end of this term. That makes this a top target for the new corporate Republican leadership.
In 2014, a Republican-backed Super PAC sent negative ads attacking Liz for votes she never took. Once news articles called them on their misleading ads, they refused to apologize. That same group is back again with a target on this race.
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How can I help?
About 14,000 voters are expected to select this State House Representative. This race was decided by less than 2% in 2014 so turning out every single voter counts.
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