Seventh Republican, pro-life leader Ethel Maharg, running for governor

On Saturday, pro-life leader Ethel Maharg announced that she is seeking the Republican nomination for governor of New Mexico, making her the seventh GOP contender for the coveted post to take out scandal-ridden alleged serial groper incumbent Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. 

Maharg announced her run at New Beginnings Church of God in Albuquerque, with many in attendance. Maharg, the former three-term mayor of Cuba, New Mexico touted her experience and how during her time running the municipality, she “brought economic development to the very economically distressed part of our state. What I left is still standing today, continuing to provide economic stability to the area. We brought national attention to the state with an event that showcased the White House Christmas tree. This event brought in double the gross receipts revenue for that quarter. When I left office, I left it with 1.9 million in the bank.” 

Maharg said, “I am running for governor to breathe life into New Mexico by restoring the foundation, for it is the foundation, our values, and our Constitution, that made our country the envy of the world.” 

She is a supporter of law enforcement, saying, “I am pro-law enforcement. Without respect for the law-no society can exist. I will never defund the police.”

In 2018, Maharg coordinated the Convoy of Hope for Albuquerque, an event that brought over a million dollars’ worth of goods and services to area residents. She also worked with the Hispanic Action Network to distribute 350,000 voter guides throughout the state in an effort to help with the last governor’s race in 2018. For five years, she worked for the pro-life pregnancy center Care Net and currently serves as the executive director of the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico.

“I will continue to work hard in bringing a Godly administration to serve my fellow New Mexicans,” she said.

Maharg joins Sandoval County Commissioner Jay Block of Rio Rancho, businesswoman Karen Bedonie of Mexican Springs, financier Greg Zanetti of Albuquerque, ex-Gary Johnson staffer Tim Walsh of Albuquerque, state Rep. Rebecca Dow of Truth or Consequences, and businessman Louie Sanchez in the crowded Republican field.


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