Haaland makes endorsement in race for her old House seat

Haaland makes endorsement in race for her old House seat
© Getty Images

Interior Secretary Deb HaalandDeb HaalandSenate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior Sanders opposes Biden Interior nominee in procedural vote OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Judge halts Biden pause on new public lands oil leasing | Democrat presses Haaland on oil and gas review | EPA puts additional delay on Trump lead and copper in drinking water rule MORE is wading into the race to replace her in Congress, endorsing Democratic candidate Melanie Stansbury to represent New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. 

“I’m excited to announce my support and endorsement for Melanie Stansbury,” Haaland said in a video posted by Stansbury’s Twitter account Monday. “I know New Mexico and I know that our communities and working families need a leader in Congress who will fight for our public lands, our water and who will be a voice for all New Mexicans.” 

“We need your help to ensure that we hold our majority in the U.S. House so that President BidenJoe BidenExpanding child tax credit could lift 4 million children out of poverty: analysis Maria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back MORE has the support he needs to fight for New Mexico working families,” Haaland added. 


The Biden administration official left her seat so she could take the reins of the Interior Department, triggering the special election to replace her. 

The contest is slated for June 1 and voters selected Stansbury, a state representative, as the party’s nominee in March. The Republican candidate in the race is state Sen. Mark Moores. 

The district is typically Democratic, according to a Cook Political Report rating.