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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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Rob Nikolewski is an investigative reporter for Watchdog.org based in Santa Fe, N.M. Contact him at rnikolewski@watchdog.org and follow him on Twitter @NMWatchdog.

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