Cervantes an attorney with rural NM roots

SANTA FE – It’s been 44 years since a sitting New Mexico lawmaker was elected governor, a fact that’s not lost on Joseph Cervantes.

But the veteran southern New Mexico legislator, trial lawyer and businessman who hails from a prominent farming family, is banking on his Roundhouse fluency as a selling point with New Mexico voters.

“It’s been 44 years – that’s seven administrations – that we’ve elected governors as outsiders to the process who have never balanced a budget, never sponsored and introduced legislation and got it passed, and frankly, who have never enjoyed a working understanding of the legislative process,” Cervantes said in a recent interview.

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