Doctor launches campaign for ABQ legislative seat

2019-10-16 | Albuquerque Journal

Oct. 15-- Oct. 15--SANTA FE -- A second Democrat is campaigning to win the Senate seat now held by Republican William Payne.

Martin Hickey, a medical doctor and CEO of True Health New Mexico, a physician-led health plan, launched his campaign Tuesday for a Senate district covering part of eastern Albuquerque and the Sandia foothills.

Hickey said his background in health care would strengthen legislative efforts to address New Mexico's shortage of doctors and rebuild the behavioral health system.

He described himself as pro-environment and committed to making the state a better place to build a business.

"I'm very a business-focused Democrat," he said. "Health care is a business no matter how you cut it."

Hickey is set to face Rebecca "Puck" Stair, a former teacher who works in the film industry, in the Democratic primary. She announced her campaign last month.

Payne, a lawyer and retired rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, has represented District 20 since 1997. He is minority whip in the Senate.

Senate Democrats this year will be looking to replicate the success of House Democrats, who picked up eight seats in 2018, including wins in Albuquerque.