By Rob Nikolewski | Capitol Report New Mexico
SANTA FE — Jacob Candelaria is heading to the Roundhouse as the first openly gay legislator in Roundhouse history.
The 25-year-old won the Democratic Party primary on June 5 by a comfortable margin and since he has no Republican opponent in the general election in November, he has a clear path to be sworn in as the new state senator representing Albuquerque’s West Side, replacing the retiring Sen. Bernadette Sanchez.
Capitol Report New Mexico talked to Candelaria, who acknowledged that his election is significant but at the same time said that while campaigning, his sexual orientation was not that big a deal to voters in Senate District 26:
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