Tuesday, February 22, 2011

First Democrat Announces for Bingaman's Seat

Valdez, left, and Pastor Leo Brannan, his
campaign manager, Pastor Leo Brannan
Andres Valdez, a longtime anti-police-brutality activist from Albuquerque, just told me he's going to run for the Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

"I want to rock the boat," said Valdez, 60. "I know I'll probably be the dark horse.'

Valdez said this will be his second run for office. He ran for City Council in Albuquerque about 10 years ago.

Valdez is executive director of the organization Vecinos Unidos.