Merrie Lee Soules to Challenge Steve Pearce for Congress in CD 2

Merrie Lee Soules of Las Cruces, a Democrat, will challenge U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce for his seat representing New Mexico’s Second District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Pearce, a Republican, has held the seat since 2002, with the exception of two years when he vacated the position to run for the U.S. Senate.

“I am running for Congress to restore trust, accountability and public access to government for every person living in southern New Mexico,” Soules said in her campaign announcement, adding that an increase in economic inequality and an overall weakening of our democracy also prompted her decision to run for office.

“Voter turnout in New Mexico has been near the bottom. This fact is most urgent — most important,” she said. “People confide in me that their government has sold them out, turned their back on them, and that their vote doesn’t count. I can change that.”

Soules participated in the El Paso Electric Public Advisory Process after losing the PRC race, filing a formal protest to EPE’s Integrated Resource Plan, and has become a party to five filings by the company to the PRC in the past year, including the rate case that is currently pending.

A graduate of Las Cruces High, Soules received her bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Cleveland State and her master’s in business administration from Harvard.

She was an executive at General Motors for more than 30 years before returning to Las Cruces in 2004 and working as a contractor at White Sands Missile Range.

She said in her campaign announcement that her experience at GM included leading global initiatives valued at hundreds of millions of dollars.

“Voters need that same level of knowledge and experience representing them in government,” she said. “My relationship with the people of southern New Mexico will be based upon the same mutual trust, respect, and advocacy that I lived by in my professional career.”

More information on her campaign can be found online at SoulesUSCongress.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/Soules-for-US-Congress.

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