Santa Fe New Mexican

The candidate is IN THE BUILDING!


It seems that you can’t go 100 feet without tripping over a new Democratic candidate for Congress here in Northern New Mexico. So I probably shouldn’t have been all that surprised last week when I was taking a routine look at Federal Election Commission filings and saw a declaratio­n of candidacy from a woman running for the open seat in the 3rd Congressio­nal District. Her campaign committee’s address was 202 E. Marcy St. — the same address of the Santa Fe New Mexican.

The same address at which I was sitting at the time.

While I’m very familiar with the address, I wasn’t aware of the candidate, Jaymeson Pegue. A quick Google search told me she’s a lawyer whose law firm, Pegue & Thompson, is listed at the Marcy Street address.

I told an editor, “I’m going to get to the bottom of this even if I have to go clear to the other side of the building to do it!”

I noticed that the declaratio­n was in early May and that Pegue hadn’t filed a required campaign finance report in mid-July, so I had to wonder whether she was committed to running. The list for CD3 on the FEC website includes a couple of invisible candidates who filed declaratio­ns months ago but haven’t reported any contributi­ons or expenses. (Two candidates, Democrat Laura Montoya and Republican Audra Lee Brown, filed after the June 30 cutoff for the most recent reporting period.)

I went downstairs to find Pegue but learned the candidate wasn’t literally in the building, at least not on Wednesday. She was in California conducting deposition­s. But in a phone interview, when I asked if she’s really running, Pegue said, “Probably not.” She said profession­al obligation­s — a “large lawsuit in Missouri” to be exact — likely will put an end to her campaign before it even starts.

If any other co-workers or tenants of 202 E. Marcy St. decide to run for office, please drop by my desk and let me know.

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