Victor Reyes, Top Aide To Governor, Launches Campaign For U.S. Congress

Victor Reyes has announced his campaign to U.S, Congress. Courtesy photo


Reyes would be New Mexico’s first LGBTQ member of Congress

Victor Reyes, a top aide to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, progressive leader, and chairman of New Mexico’s Community Development Council, today launched his campaign for United States Congress in the First Congressional District. New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland has been nominated as Secretary of the Interior in the Biden-Harris Administration. When confirmed, her vacancy will cause a special election.

​Reyes pledged to run a people-powered campaign that will engage communities all across the district. If elected, Reyes, who has dedicated his professional life to uplifting disadvantaged communities in our state, would be the first LGBTQ person to represent New Mexico in the United States Congress. 

New Mexico House Majority Leader Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton is serving as Reyes’ campaign treasurer.

In his video announcement, Reyes said, “Growing up, my mother always told me: ‘Tienes que ser una voz para los que sienten que no tienen las palabras o el poder.’ You’ve got to be a voice for the people who feel they don’t have the words or the power themselves. That’s what being a representative in Congress should be all about. That’s why I’ve done my whole life.

​“Congresswoman Haaland is a fearless trailblazer, who has honored her constituents and state with her honest and forthright service,” said Reyes. “It is critical that we do not lose a step in the First District in our efforts to support working people and that we elect a real progressive leader to continue her work. I’m humbled and proud to launch this grassroots campaign for Congress today.”

​“In Congress, I’ll stand strong for Medicare for All and a Green New Deal that protects our treasured air, land, and water. I’ll fight for racial justice, reproductive justice, and LGBTQ and transgender rights. Together, with the support of the voters of the district, we’ll prioritize criminal justice reform and provide real support for our families and small businesses amid this pandemic. Just like I’ve done here in New Mexico, I’ll never back down to the NRA and the gun lobby. When it comes to being there for our educators and organized labor, you know you can always count on me. We can only do this together. And we will. 

​“I’ll work tirelessly every day to build a strong grassroots campaign to engage every community across our district. I look forward to the work ahead.”