Sandoval County Commissioner Jay Block announced Tuesday morning that he is running for a state Senate seat in 2024.
Block represents District 2, which includes southeastern Rio Rancho and Corrales, for the county commission. He is registered on the Secretary of State’s Campaign Finance Information System as a candidate in Senate District 12.
The current District 12 in Albuquerque is represented by retiring Democrat Jerry Ortiz Pino. District 12 was re-drawn during the 2021 legislative session and goes into effect for the 2024 election.
District 12, under a new district map, now consists of much of Rio Rancho and Paradise Hills neighborhoods in Bernalillo County. According to the Secretary of State’s website, approximately 51,700 people live in the newly drawn Senate district, which lies generally west of Corrales.
Block won his election in a nearly identical district in 2016 when he ran for Sandoval County commissioner and won re-election in 2020. His political future after this term was unclear until Tuesday’s announcement.
“This decision was solidified after it became clear during the 2023 legislative session that the woke left would rather pass policies that help them virtue signal to their small base rather than help hard-working New Mexicans,” Block said. “New Mexicans want and need a fighter in Santa Fe that will stand up for our values of God, family and freedom. If you know anything about me, then you know I’m not here to make friends. I’ll go head-to-head with the woke left and spineless politicians in the Roundhouse.”