Democrat disqualified from New Mexico congressional race

Feb 13, 2018

Credit Angel Pena

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic nominee for New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District has been disqualified.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports a release from New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver says Angel Pena was disqualified "because a number of his submitted petition pages failed to meet the requirements set forth in state statute. As a result, Mr. Pena did not meet the minimum number of signatures required for qualification."

An office spokesman says eight pages of petitions had alterations or errors and could not be counted.

Secretary of State spokesman Joey Keefe says Pena would have needed 623 valid signatures

Pena campaign worker Carlos Contreras says the campaign is aware of the situation and is consulting with an attorney.

The primary election is June 5 and the general election is Nov. 6.