Vasquez seeks to keep congressional seat in southern New Mexico

Gabe Vasquez, a former Las Cruces City Councilor and first-term Democrat congressional representative announced Saturday that he would seek to keep his seat in the House of Representatives, setting up a rematch of one of the narrowest elections in recent memory.

The announcement came as part of a multi-town tour starting in Albuquerque and ending in Mesilla at an invite-only rally at the Mesilla Community Center. The race will see Vasquez against the Republican he unseated in 2022, Yvette Herrell, who announced her candidacy in April. If Vasquez won, it’d be the first time a Democrat held the seat for two consecutive terms since Democrat Harold Runnels of Lovington had the district from 1971 to 1980. 

Representative Gabe Vasquez speaks to a crowd while Senator Carrie Hamblen and Las Cruces City Councilor Tessa Abeyta watch during a reelection event for Gabe Vasquez on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, at the Mesilla Community Center.

“I’ve shown up for my district. And I’ve shown up to the people of Las Cruces and all across this very big, vast district that I love so much,” Vasquez said. “I’m an independent decision maker that champions common sense and bipartisan solutions that don’t leave anybody behind.”


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