Northwest N.M. war veteran tapped as Libertarian candidate in CD1 race

Mar. 29—ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A war veteran who works as a staff auditor at a Farmington accounting business will be the Libertarian candidate in the special election to fill New Mexico's vacant seat in the House of Representatives.

Chris Manning with be the Libertarian on the ticket after being nominated by the party during a special convention last weekend, according to a news release from the Libertarian Party of New Mexico.

Manning grew up in Kirtland and graduated from Arizona State University. He served six years in the Arizona National Guard, during which he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 to 2008.

"I'm honored to be selected by the Libertarian Party of New Mexico to campaign for this House of Representatives seat," Manning said.

New Mexico 1st Congressional District, which represents much of Bernalillo County, all of Torrance County and surrounding areas, is vacant after Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland resigned when she was confirmed to the Cabinet post.

The election will be June 1. State Sen. Mark Moores, R-Albuquerque, will be the Republican candidate.

The Democratic candidate is scheduled to be elected by the party's state central committee during an election beginning Tuesday.