Monday, September 28, 2009

Montoya in Land Commission Race

It's probably about time to stop referring to Santa Fe County Commissioner Harry Montoya as a "possible" candidate for state Land Commission.

I just ran into him here at The Roundhouse. I asked him point blank if he's running and he said he indeed is. I'm not surprised. He was introduced at the recent lieutenant governor candidate forum as a candidate, and he didn't put up any argument.

Montoya, who is finishing his second term on the County Commission, and who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in the Democratic primary last year, said he'll be making an official announcement in the near future.

So far the only other Democrats in the race are former Land Commissioner Ray Powell, Jr. and Public Regulation Commissioner Sandy Jones. Bob Cornelius is the only land commission candidate on the Republican side. (Incumbent Pat Lyons can't seek a third consecutive term. He's running for PRC.)