On Friday, it was reported by Daniel Chacón of the Santa Fe New Mexican that a Democrat will run in disgraced state Rep. Georgene Louis (D-Bernalillo)’s stead following her aggravated DWI arrest during the 2022 Legislative Session.
Chacón wrote, “Meanwhile, a former state representative is setting her sights on the House district seat Rep. Georgene Louis is vacating. Eleanor Chavez, who served two terms in the House, confirmed Friday she will seek the Democratic nomination for House District 26.”
Chavez was previously the representative for House District 13 from 2009 to 2013, where she left the chamber after she lost a Democrat primary for New Mexico Senate District 14, losing to Sen. Michal Padilla (D-Bernalillo). She also served on the New Mexico Public Education Commission.
Chavez herself is a jailbird, with an arrest in 2018 for protesting violently against federal immigration policies. According to the Albuquerque Journal, Chavez was “charged with trespass, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and ‘interference with public officials or general public.'”
Louis has held the Albuquerque-area District 26 seat since 2013. She unsuccessfully ran for Congress in the First District’s special election, losing to now-U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury.
UPDATE: According to the New Mexican, Louis will not seek reelection, saying in a statement, “It has been an honor to serve the constituents of House District 26 for the past ten years.” She added, “I send my sincerest thank you to everyone who has supported me over my tenure as State Representative.”