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Jason Marks looks at running for NM Attorney General

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EXPLORING: Jason Marks, former PRC Commissioner, tells NM Watchdog he's "testing the waters" to run for Attorney General

EXPLORING: Jason Marks, former PRC Commissioner, tells NM Watchdog he’s “testing the waters” to run for Attorney General

New Mexico Watchdog has learned that Jason Marks has opened an exploratory committee to look at running for state Attorney General in 2014.

“I’m testing the waters,” Marks — who just concluded two terms on the Public Regulation Commission – said late Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 19).

An attorney based in Albuquerque and a Democrat, Marks is the first person to go on record as a potential candidate to take over for current Attorney General Gary King, who is wrapping up his second term as the state’s top law enforcement official.

King has announced he will run for the Democratic Party nomination for governor next year against Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

“New Mexico needs a strong attorney general who will stand up for ordinary people at the legislature and in the courts and stand up for corporate accountability and honest government,” Marks said.

Marks’ exploratory committee is based in Albuquerque and has lined up Ken Sanchez as its treasurer.

In his eight years at the PRC, Marks prided himself on battling PNM for lower rate increases for electricity customers across the state and in the past year has advocated for reforming the PRC and establishing stronger qualifications for commissioners at the agency that has experienced a history of members who have run afoul of the law.

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Since 2010, Rob Nikolewski has covered New Mexico politics and investigated fraud, waste and abuse in government. He also writes an opinion column in the Sunday editions of the Santa Fe New Mexican. Rob joined New Mexico Watchdog after 20 years in television as a sports anchor and reporter. He anchored at MSNBC, New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Reno and Boise, winning three regional Emmy awards along the way. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a master's in public administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio.

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