Former CIA officer Valerie Plame announces run for Congress

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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 21: Valerie Plame attends the premiere of ‘Secrecy And Power’ during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on April 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)

Thursday, former CIA officer Valerie Plame announced her 2020 run for New Mexico’s 3rd District congressional seat. Since leaving the CIA, Plame has lived in northern New Mexico.

Plame is best known for her time as a CIA operations officer. In 2003, an official with President George W. Bush’s administration leaked her identity as an effort to discredit her husband at the time, Joe Wilson. Wilson has criticized President Bush’s decision to invade Iraq and wrote an opinion piece on the matter.

In a press release, Plame states that she wishes to take on issues Northern New Mexicans face like rising prescription drug costs and access to healthcare.

“My career in the CIA was cut short by partisan politics, but I’m not done serving our country. We need more people in Congress with the courage to stand up for what’s right. It’s why I couldn’t be prouder than to have the chance to represent my friends and neighbors of northern New Mexico. I will work hard defending my fellow New Mexicans in Washington as I did defending our country from nuclear threats,” said Plame in a statement.

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, who currently holds the seat, is stepping down to run for U.S. Senate. The 3rd District includes the Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs, Santa Fe, and the New Mexico region of the Navajo Nation.

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