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SANTA FE — Retired Navy Capt. Claudia Risner has launched a campaign to win the
state Senate seat now held by Republican Jim White, covering part of southeast Albuquerque and
the East Mountains.
Risner, a Democrat who lives near Tijeras, said she would be a strong advocate for veterans, broadband internet service in rural areas and investments in public education.
“I’m not getting into this for the politics of it,” she said. “I’m a problem solver — that’s my background.”
White, a retired Air Force colonel, is seeking re-election after joining the Senate four years ago. He also served in the state House from 2009-14.
Sen. Jim White, “With today’s political discourse,” White said, “we need representatives and leaders who understand what is at stake, what makes New Mexico unique, and who are willing to work together to overcome challenges.
Risner said her military career took her across the world, including a stint stationed in New Mexico during the 1990s, when she lived in the Four Hills area of Albuquerque.
Now retired, Risner said she wants to continue public service.
Democrats now hold a 26-16 edge in the Senate and a 46-24 majority in the House. All 112 legislative seats will be on the ballot next year in the June 2 primary and Nov. 3 general election.