Candidates: Linda Serrato, D, and Helen Milenski, L
The overview: House District 45 stretches along Interstate 25 from St. Francis Drive down to the La Cienega area. Former Rep. Jim Trujillo, a Democrat, represented the district since 2003 before announcing last year he would not seek reelection. Serrato was named this week to fill his term by the Santa Fe County Commission.
What they say: Serrato, who works as a consultant, said that despite the fact that Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 2-to-1 ratio in the district, she’s not taking a win for granted. “I’m gonna have to earn every vote,” she said. “I’m gonna try to keep talking to voters right up until Election Day.” She said she’s excited about a new generation of young political leaders “coming out of New Mexico and across the nation; it’s not politics as it used to be. The attitude is, ‘I work