Monday, May 11, 2009

Pat Lyons to run for PRC

. . . meaning he won't be running for governor, which he seemed to be thinking about in the past months.

In a press release today, the Republican, two-term land commissioner said he'd focus on the state's infrastructure if he were elected.

"Infrastructure is vital for society and the economy to function, and should be governed to protect the interests of the public. At the same time, we must sustain a healthy business climate," he said. "It can be delicate balance but I have always taken a proactive role in fostering business and industry and my sound business approach has made companies feel comfortable investing in New Mexico."

The move means the Republican primary for governor might be less crowded, but that the attention paid to the PRC could be heightened -- if that's possible, given that panel's track record . . .

Lyons would serve the southeastern part of the state on the commission. The seat he's trying for includes Quay, Curry, Roosevelt, Lea, Eddy, Chaves, De Baca, Guadalupe, Santa Fe, Bernalillo, Torrance, Lincoln, Otero, and Dona Ana counties, according to his release.

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