Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mayor Coss Seeks Ben Lujan's House Seat

SF Mayor David Coss

Santa Fe Mayor David Coss late Thursday confirmed an internet report that he will seek the state House of Representatives seat being vacated by ailing House Speaker Ben Luján.

Coss said he will make a formal announcement of his plans on Friday.

“I saw another opportunity to serve,” the two-term Santa Fe mayor said. “Ben Luján has been an incredible representative. I feel it’s important to continue having a strong Santa Fe delegation.”

Like Luján Coss is a Democrat.

Coss said he will continue serving as mayor if he wins. “Being mayor is too much fun,” he said.

The conservative blog Capitol Report New Mexico first broke the news about Coss’ candidacy, on the word of “two extremely reliable sources within the Democratic Party in the Santa Fe area.”

Coss served as a city councilor before becoming mayor.

The only other declared candidate for Luján’s seat is Carl Trujillo, a technologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, who came close to beating Luján in the 2010 Democratic primary.

Luján, who has served in the Legislature since 1975, announced early this year that he won’t seek re-election because he is suffering from Stage 4 lung cancer.