ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – After a heated campaign between Raul Torrez and Brian Colon in the democratic primary race for Attorney General, unofficial numbers show Raul Torrez winning the nomination.
Torrez was sworn in as the Bernalillo County District Attorney in January 2017 and has suggested his years as a prosecutor gave him more credibility and experience for the position than his opponent, Brian Colon.
Both candidates spent more than $1 million in this campaign, a lot of it on ads targeting each other. As attorney general, Torrez says his focus will be on recruiting and training the best local attorneys to engage in important litigation. He says in his first days he would focus on holding those responsible for the fires in northern New Mexico accountable.
In the November elections, Torrez will take on Republican AG candidate Jeremy Gay. He is a private lawyer and former U.S. attorney who ran unopposed in the primary. Historically the AG’s office has gone to the Democratic in the race, making Torrez an early favorite in that race. Gay says as attorney general he would fight to improve the criminal justice system.