SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City has joined the race for governor in a bid to unseat Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.
Morales announced his candidacy Tuesday in his southwestern New Mexico hometown, saying he was "ready to take on a political system that no longer works for our people."
Attorney General Gary King and Sen. Linda Lopez of Albuquerque also are seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
Morales said the next governor needs to improve the state's economy and public education.
He was appointed to the Senate in 2008, filling a vacancy created by the death of Sen. Ben Altamirano. Morales won election that year and was re-elected in 2012.
Morales is a hospital administrator, but previously was Grant County clerk. He started his career as a special education teacher