Harden’s hat in ring

Freedom New Mexico

State Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, announced Tuesday his intent to run for re-election.

Harden said he believes his experience will help to address several important issues the state will face during the next four or five years.

“We have to do something about the education funding formula,” he said. “We have to implement it, pass it into law, and fund it.”

“We’re going to have to address the health care issue,” he said. That can best be done by breaking it down into increments rather than looking at it holistically. “Ultimately the goal is to ensure as many residents are insured as possible.”

A third issue he mentioned is water, including the Ute Pipeline. “We have to shepherd the process,” he said. “It’s going to take some attention and experience.”

Harden has held his Senate seat for six years.

The filing date for state and county offices is March 18. The primary election will be held June 3.