Former state Sen. Joe Carraro wants to return to the Roundhouse.
Carraro announced in a news release today that he's submitting petition signatures to run for the District 10 Senate seat in Albuquerque, currently held by Sen. John Ryan.
Carraro is a former Republican who changed his registration to "Declined to State" after an unsuccessful Congressional primary in 2008.
"I registered as an Independent because I have always represented the people rather than ideologies or political parties, since they have their own interests," he said in his news release.
"Over the years I have been able to work with both sides of the aisle to accomplish worthwhile projects and legislation for the State and my district," he said. "As an Independent member of the Senate I hope to provide less acrimony and more communication and Ideas. We owe it to those who elect us, to communicate with each other to provide opportunities for them so they can live a better life."
Carraro, an Albuquerque business man, won his first term in the Senate in the mid 80s. He left at the end of 1988, but came back in 1993, serving until the end of 2008.
His old district was District 23, now represented by Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque.
UPDATE 6-27-12 6:10 p.m.: Carraro just told me that his residence -- as well as a huge chunk of his old district -- was put into District 10 in the redistricting process. He says District 10 contains about 90 percent of his old district and about 10 percent of the district Ryan currently represents. I'm not sure how exact that is, but if it's anywhere close. that could be a boost to his candidacy.