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Rep. Conrad James, R-Albuquerque, has his photograph taken by his son, Vincent, 8, while he is sworn in during the New Mexico Legislature’s opening day Tuesday. Jane Phillips/The New Mexican


State Rep. Conrad James, R-Albuquerque announced on his Facebook page this morning that he won't be seeking re-election to his House seat next year. (Hat tip to Monahan)

Friends - I want to thank each and every one of you for the support you have provided me during my two terms as the New Mexico State Representative for District 24, and I am deeply honored to have served in this role. But it is time for me to move on, so I will not be running for re-election next year. We've accomplished much together as a public servant-constituent team, from expanding voter access with vote centers to creating jobs by simplifying the tax code for businesses. The upcoming legislative session will be another opportunity for us to partner together to move New Mexico forward, and I will continue to work hard for District 24 until my term is finished at the end of 2016. Thank you again, and God bless.

James originally won his seat in the 2010 election. He lost it to Democrat Liz Thomson in 2012 but came back to beat Thomson in 2014. 

Thomson told me earlier this year that she'll run again next year in District 24, which has become a true swing district. Whoever runs, it's almost certain to be another close race next year.

(Full disclosure: My son was paid to work on the Thomson campaign in that last election.)

Update 11:20 am: In other legislative news, state Sen. Lisa Torraco, R-Albuquerque, just told me she is running for re-election next year. All Senate seats (and House seats) are on the block next year.