On March 28, 2019, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he will not be a candidate for the United States Senate to fill the vacancy the result of Tom Udall’s retirement.
Balderas also announced he will not run for the congressional seat of Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and would complete his second term as New Mexico Attorney General.
Balderas was just elected in November, 2018 a second term as Attorney General.
Attorney General Balderas served two terms before as State Auditor for 8 full years and before that was a NM State Representative from Wagon Mound.
Balderas announced he intends to finish his term as Attorney General which ends January 1, 2022.
There is no doubt that Balderas would probably have been one of the two top-tier candidates in the U.S. Senate race.
Balderas has now run 5 state wide races and has succeeded in winning 4, two as state auditor, two as attorney general and he did not win the Senate race against Senator Martin Heinrich.
During his first term as Attorney General, Balderas has maintained a high profile especially with has filing public corruption charges against several elected officials, including ex-Secretary of State Dianna Duran, a Republican, and former Democratic state senator Phil Griego.
The Attorney General’s office has also filed several lawsuits targeting the policies of President Donald Trump.
Although tempted to run for Unites States Senate, Balderas announced as the main reason for not running was his family.
Balderas, who along with his wife recently became the legal guardian of his 20-year old daughter, Arianna, who has Down Syndrome said:
“Quite frankly, we could not survive the travel schedule of a U.S. senator right now”.
ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY
All too often, elected officials after serving a period of time become intoxicated with the power and the attention bestowed upon them not realizing the toll it takes on their personal family life, especially if they have children.
Many a politician forget that running for office is in fact a team effort with their family and all too often politicians sooner or later wind up in divorce and very lonely.
Many elected officials forget that running for office is the life and profession they have chosen, but it is not the profession family members make, especially children.
With the reasons Hector Balderas gave for not running for a job he probably wanted, Balderas showed the true character of a person who knows that family means more in the long run than holding an elected position.
At the age of 45, time is indeed on the side of Hector Balderas and there is always time to run for office in the future.
Balderas made the right decision.