ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) – State Representative Debbie Armstrong decided not to run for reelection, saying Tuesday she wanted to focus on her family and other projects.
The Albuquerque Democrat has served four terms in the House of Representatives and is the chairman of the House Health and Human Services Committee. He has played a role in expanding health care and prescription drug coverage during his tenure.
Armstrong specifically pointed to the recent passage of state legislation to legalize cannabis for recreational use and a new law that provides a legal avenue for terminally ill patients to choose when and how to die.
“I cannot thank enough my incredible constituencies and supporters who have supported me and these important initiatives over the years and who shared my vision of a state where every New Mexican can have access to health care from quality you deserve, “Armstrong said in a statement.
Armstrong was first elected in 2014 to represent a district that includes parts of downtown Albuquerque and the North Valley.
His decision not to run again comes amid the political map redesign process that takes place once a decade. A seven-member Citizens Redistricting Commission is reviewing and examining redistricting maps for the state Legislature, which may adopt recommendations or start from scratch.