The governor is the chief executive of the state, the governor has the sole power of accepting and rejecting bills into law.
*Asterisk notes an incumbent
Jeff Apodaca (D)
Jeff Apodaca has been a television executive for 30 years prior to seeking out public office, Jeff Apodaca started out his career in Albuquerque at KOAT-TV, as a producer, and worked his way up the ranks, as an executive at Univision, Tribune Broadcasting, AOL, and the CBS Television Network. Jeff graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1986 with a bachelors in broadcast management. At 17 years old Jeff was diagnosed with cancer, and now he serves on the boards of Innovate ABQ, Albuquerque Economic Forum, and formerly served on the Albuquerque Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, American Cancer Society & United Way Projects. Previous to his work in television, Jeff was a lifelong citizen of New Mexico, but moved between Los Angeles and New York as an executive. Jeff believes in economy based solutions to everyday problems, he plans to bring jobs to New Mexico, and retain the jobs that we have, to develop new clean energy, and bring the film industry back to the state. That infrastructure, and jobs are the keys to a more prosperous New Mexico
Joseph Cervantes (D)
State Senator Joseph Cervantes has in the past been an architect, Attorney, State House Representative, and State Senator. In 1983, Joseph Cervantes graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor's in Architecture, and went on to attain his Masters in Architecture at California Polytechnic State University in 1985. After graduating he went to work as an architect for his families firm Cervantes and Associates from 1987 to 1989, in the meantime, he was going through schooling to earn his Law Degree, and went on to attain his law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1991, and from 1991 to 1996 he worked as an attorney at Modrall, Sperling, Roehl and Sisk Law Firm. In 2001 he began his career as a public servant, and ran for House of Representatives district 52, where he stayed until 2012 when he won a senate election for Senate District 31, and has served there since. Senator Cervantes believes strongly in a more open and transparent government, that open, and visible progress is the best way forward.
Michelle lujan Grisham (D)
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham began her career as the state BAR's attorney on elder abuse, and offered her services to elders pro bono. From there, she spent 14 years as director of the state agency on aging. In 2004 Michelle Lujan Grisham was appointed secretary of the Department of health where she served until 2007, and then in 2010 she ran for the Bernalillo Board of Commissioners, where she stayed until she was elected to Congress in 2012, and has continued to serve there. Michelle Lujan Grisham is a lifelong citizen of New Mexico, and is a 12th generation New Mexican. She attended the University of New Mexico where she attained her Bachelors Degree, and then her Law Degree. Michelle has always been a strong advocate of elders in New Mexico, and much of her plans for governor are based around creating, and retaining jobs here in New Mexico, in new cleaner industries.
Peter DeBenedittis (D)
Peter DeBenedittis has dedicated much of his life to reducing harmful dependence on alcohol and other harmful substances. In 1995 Peter was a member of the New Mexico Literacy Project, where his job was just that. In 1999 Peter founded his very own company called the Peter D &Company, which is now known as the Alcohol Literacy Challenge which, was founded to approach controlled substance abuse, through advertisement, and education. Peter is a native of Colorado, and has a PhD in Speech, and Communication at Pennsylvania State University.
Steve Pearce (R)
Congressman Steve Pearce began his career in 1970 with service in the United States Air Force, as a pilot in the Vietnam War until he was honorably discharged as a captain in 1976. In 1996 Pearce began his long career in politics when he ran for New Mexico House of Representatives, when he won, and would go on to serve 3 terms as a House Representative from NM HD 62. Then in 2002 he ran for United States House of Representatives and held his seat until 2008. After 2008, he returned, and ran for his seat again in 2010, and has held his seat since 2011. Steve Pearce was born and raised in Texas, but attended the University of New Mexico, where in 1970 he attained his Bachelor's degree, and in 1991 finished his return to schooling at the Eastern New Mexico University where he attained his masters degree. Steve Pearce is a devout Republican who believes in open functioning economy, minimal regulation, smaller government, and more manufacturing.