Democrat Lawrence Rael Files Candidacy for Governor

Lawrence Rael officially files candidacy for Governor. Courtesy/Rael Campaign


Lawrence Rael has filed with the Secretary of State’s Office to become a Democratic candidate for governor of New Mexico.

“Growing up in a tiny town in Northern New Mexico, in the kind of poverty too many of New Mexico’s children are battling—few would have imagined that I would be here today,” Rael said. “Before I believed in myself, I was surrounded by a community that believed in me. That’s why I believe we can be a global leader in renewable energy. I believe we can work together to make our schools work for our children. I believe we can create jobs and grow our economy. I also believe that with the right leadership–New Mexico doesn’t have to be last on all the good lists and first on all the bad lists.”

Rael, 55, previously served at the executive director of the federal Farm Service Agency in New Mexico, executive director for the Mid-Region Council of Governments and worked 12 years as chief administrative officer for the city of Albuquerque.

Rael was born in Santa Fe and raised in Sile. He lives in Los Ranchos with his wife Kim Rael and their three children.

The Democratic primary is Tuesday, June 3.