Fact Check: “Lifelong” Valencia Sen. Candidate Just Moved to Belen; Republican Party Ignores 11 Yrs of Voting in ABQ
Belen – Valencia County voters are taking a second look at Republican Senate Candidate Greg Baca after public voter and tax records show that he lived and voted in Valencia County less than 10 months ago. Instead records show that he has lived and voted in Albuquerque for 11 years.
On Friday, the Republican Party of New Mexico profiled Greg Baca as a “lifelong resident” of Valencia County and voters in Senate District 29 (Los Lunas, Belen, Isleta, Mesa del Sol) began receiving mail from Baca’s campaign promoting his residency in Valencia County.
But voting records obtained via public records requests by ProgressNow New Mexico show that Greg Baca has not voted in a Valencia County general election in at least 11 years – only registering in the county last November and only casting one vote in Valencia County: for himself in the June Republican Primary featuring Donald Trump.
According to Baca’s voter registration forms, he lived at and voted from 6109 Medford Ct in Albuquerque from 2004- 2015.
That house, seen here, is almost 45 miles from the district where he claims to have been a “lifelong” resident.
During the time Baca lived in Albuquerque, he participated in elections for:
- Albuquerque Mayor (twice)
- Albuquerque City Council (twice)
- Albuquerque Wage Ordinance
- Bernalillo County Commission (twice)
- State Representatives and State Senators representing Baca and his Albuquerque neighborhood
- Albuquerque Public Schools elections
Baca also paid taxes as a “head of household,” according to Tax Assessor records. Head of Household exemptions are only available to persons who live in the residence where they pay taxes, indicating that Baca was living in Albuquerque as his primary residence.
The Albuquerque Journal recently reported that national Republican Super PACs were directing money to Baca’s campaign to help spread more ads like those attempting to present him as a local resident and candidate.
Baca is running to unseat Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez who has represented District 29 since 1993.