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Heinrich Talks Bipartisanship and Clean Energy

KNME Candidate Forum
Sen. Martin Heinrich

Democratic U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich won a second term last night, beating Republican Mick Rich and Libertarian Gary Johnson.

Sen. Heinrich talked about job creation in New Mexico during his victory speech, promising more work on the military bases and at the national labs, especially in clean energy. "In the coming decades, we will re-power America with clean, domestic energy from New Mexico," he said. "The state will be at the heart of that transition."

After he addressed the crowd, he said one of the reasons his campaign did so well this election cycle is because it stayed positive, avoiding the divisive rhetoric and finger-pointing that plagued so many political races. "We didn’t sow those divisions," he said. "We didn’t try to drive wedges."

Heinrich said New Mexico can set a different tone in the national immigration debate, because people here live near the border and understand it, and public officials know the issues in a way the rest of the country doesn’t. "We don’t need a third-century wall in the 21st century," he said. "That’s not smart security."

It’s time for reality-based immigration reform, he said, and protections for Dreamers.


Marisa Demarco began a career in radio at KUNM News in late 2013 and covered public health for much of her time at the station. During the pandemic, she is also the executive producer for Your NM Government and No More Normal, shows focused on the varied impacts of COVID-19 and community response, as well as racial and social justice. She joined Source New Mexico as editor-in-chief in 2021.
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