Term: Two years
Tasks: Drafts and votes on legislation
District: Central New Mexico, including Albuquerque
District 1 Democrats are lucky this year. You’ve got two excellent congressional candidates to choose from. Lujan Grisham has shown that she knows how to work across the aisle and push forward-thinking legislation. She’s an obvious progressive. She also comes across as remarkably passionate about her district, the 99 percent and creating a better life for those who are scraping by in this economy.
We’ve been a fan of Griego’s since his early days on the City Council. We endorsed him in his 2005 bid for mayor, and we support him in his run for Congress. During his time in politics, Griego has proven a few things: He’s transparent about his positions and practices and votes in line with his ideals. He works as hard as any politician we’ve met, sponsoring progressive legislation. He’s good at setting aside his ego and building coalitions to get bills passed. He responds quickly and thoroughly to his constituents. While we’re endorsing Michelle Lujan Grisham, it’s an exceptionally close call.
We agree with Chavez on most of his policy positions. Our main problem lies in the fact that he doesn’t work well with others. During his time as mayor, he continually butted heads with nearly all Council members, as well as other city employees who disagreed with him. He’s pushed through good measures that greatly benefitted Albuquerque, including clean energy and green building initiatives. But as a freshman congressman, he’ll need to build coalitions with other members of the House to accomplish anything. We don’t recommend him for this position.