Santa Fe schools chief quickly ends bid for legislative seat

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The superintendent of the Santa Fe Public Schools district has ended her bid for a state Senate seat a week after announcing her candidacy.

Veronica Garcia said Thursday she doesn't have time to run the school district and campaign.

Garcia had planned to run as a Democrat for the Albuquerque-area seat held by Republic Sen. Mark Moores where she lives. District 21 leans Republican.

She told The Santa Few New Mexican she had been inspired to run by a state district judge's ruling that said vulnerable students are denied the right to an education because schools are underfunded. She says she wanted an opportunity to respond as a lawmaker.

Garcia's contract as superintendent in Santa Fe ends in June 2021.

She served as state education secretary under former Gov. Bill Richardson.