DA Serna files as candidate for Congress

May 16, 2019 GMT

District Attorney Marco Serna of Santa Fe has filed his formal declaration of candidacy for the 3rd Congressional District seat that U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján is vacating to run for the U.S. Senate.

Serna, who has more than a year remaining in his first four-year term as chief prosecutor for Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties, had hinted he might run for the seat.

He made it official Monday by filing a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission.

The one-page form designates Marco for Congress as his principal campaign committee.

Serna joins five other Democratic candidates, including former CIA agent and author Valerie Plame of Santa Fe, Santa Fe attorney Teresa Leger, state Rep. Joseph Sanchez of Alcalde, Gavin Kaiser of Santa Cruz and former Navajo Nation presidential and vice presidential candidate Dineh Benally.


New Mexico Democrats for Democracy founder Brett Kokinadis is running for the seat as a Republican.

Serna said in a text message sent by a spokesman Tuesday he plans to announce his priorities by the end of May, including “plans to expand the war on the opioid epidemic … protecting Los Alamos Labs, growing green energy and small business jobs,” and “fighting for the Navajo Nation and our Pueblos.”