Sullivan was a two-term commissioner between 2001 and 2008. In his announcement statement, he said:
"Big corporations and lobbyists have taken over the roundhouse, jeopardizing the public's trust by putting corporate interests above the interests of average, hard working New Mexicans. The people of Senate District 39 deserve better. They deserve a leader who will work hard for the people of New Mexico to improve the economy, create jobs, protect our land and water, and ensure the public trust. I will work for job growth, not corporate growth."
Sullivan isn't the only challenger running against Griego. Nicole Castellano announced earlier this year. She's owner of Capitol Grounds Cafe in Rancho Viejo, daughter of former state District Judge Joe Castellano, and wife of Jim Williamson, director of the Consumer Relations Division of the Public Regulation Commission.
Griego told me earlier this year that he indeed is running for re-election. A former Santa Fe city council, Griego has held the Senate seat since 1997.
The largely rural District 39 includes areas of Santa Fe, San Miguel, Torrence, Bernalillo, Valencia and Lincoln counties.