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Congressman Steve Pearce to run for governor of New Mexico

Rep. Steve Pearce will announce his campaign for governor Monday, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

Pearce, 69, is a Republican who has represented New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District for over 12 years — which is an area that covers most of Southern New Mexico.

He would be the first Republican to enter the race.

Incumbent Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s term will end in 2018.

Also running for the seat:

Santa Fe. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, former media executive Jeff Apodaca from Albuquerque, Sen. Joseph Cervantes from Las Cruces and Peter DeBenedittis , an anti-alcohol activist from Santa Fe.

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