Updated Feb. 22 at 10 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Friday (Feb. 21) endorsed Teresa Leger Fernandez's campaign to represent New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District.
Courage to Change, a political action committee organized by the representative from New York's 14th Congressional District, announced several endorsements this week for progressive female candidates, including Fernandez's bid in a crowded race against seven other Democrats and six Republicans running to represent Northern New Mexico.
"I'm running for Congress because we need bold and courageous action to protect what we love – our democracy, our planet, our future,” Fernandez said in a press release. “I've spent 30 years working to build community here in New Mexico, advocating for affordable housing, rural health care, tribal sovereignty, voting rights and environmental protections. I know how to make progress for diverse and underrepresented communities, and will be a strong voice for all of Northern New Mexico in Congress. Courage to Change understands this, and I'm proud to have their support."
Fernandez, who was born and raised in Las Vegas, New Mexico, has also received endorsements from Taos Pueblo, the Sierra Club, Latino Victory Fund, BOLD PAC, the PODER PAC, EMILY's List, NARAL, Santo Domingo Pueblo and Jicarilla Apache Nation.
According to a post on her Twitter page, Ocasio-Cortez also announced endorsements for Kara Eastman in Nebraska, Georgette Gomez in California, Marie Newman in Illinois, Jessica Cisneros in Texas, Samelys López in New York and Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, who is running in Texas for the U.S. Senate.
The other Democrats running for New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District include, Valerie Plame, Marco Serna, Dineh Benally, John Blair, Gavin Kaiser, Laura Montoya, Jaymeson Pegue and Joseph Sanchez. Republicans running include Ben Bateman, Karen Bedonie, Audra Brown, Anastacia Golden Morper, Alexis Johnson and Harry Montoya.