Male candidate withdraws, says state Senate needs more women

New Mexico

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – A northern New Mexico candidate is withdrawing, saying the State Senate needs more women.

Only nine women serve in the 42-member state Senate. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the low number is one reason Taos town councilor Darien Fernandez just ended his election run.

Fernandez, a Democrat, says he now is backing fellow Democrat Kristina Ortez for Senate District 6. That includes parts of Taos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Los Alamos Counties.

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