Chandler running for state attorney general

ALBUQUERQUE: Republican Ninth District Attorney Matt Chandler announced his candidacy for New Mexico Attorney General today. Standing in front of the Metropolitan Courthouse that became the center of a corruption scandal that brought down former Senate President Manny Aragon, Chandler said that the New Mexico Attorney General must be more aggressive in rooting out corruption and not rely on others.

“The corruption and crime related to this building could have been handled swiftly by the previous Attorney General, instead it was neglected and left to the United State’s Attorney. It was the U.S. Attorney who took the lead in holding accountable the politicians that stole and embezzled millions of tax dollars from you and me,” said Chandler.

Chandler added, “When the current Attorney General took over, he promised to do better. He promised that the New Mexico Attorney General’s office would do more to take on corruption. Yet, four years later, it seems that New York Attorney General Mario Cuomo is doing more to prosecute New Mexico corruption than our own Attorney General. New Mexicans deserve better. And that’s why I am running for Attorney General.”

As District Attorney since 2004, Chandler currently serves Curry and Roosevelt counties. He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Eastern New Mexico University and his law degree from the University of Tulsa. He is married and he and his wife are raising four sons together. His father was a Democratic state Senator for 12 years.

Chandler will hold another campaign kick-off event in his hometown of Clovis at noon Thursday at the Clovis-Carver library at 701 North Main St.