John Block, founder and editor of the conservative news website Piñon Post, formally announced his candidacy Monday for the Alamogordo-based House District 51.

Block, 24, is a staunch pro-life Republican who believes Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election.

"Alamogordo needs an America-First conservative champion who shows up and takes the fight to the Radical Democrats," he said in a statement. "The hard-working men and women of District 51 should not be forced to settle for a representative who takes them for granted."

Block is hoping to unseat incumbent Rep. Rachel Black, R-Alamogordo. Black, who has been in office since 2019, said in an interview last month she's not too concerned about facing off against a Santa Fe native like Block.

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(11) comments

Khal Spencer

Not my district, not my clown car.

Richard Reinders

That’s what is great about America, everyone gets the right to run for office even if their platform is not popular with the extreme left or right.

Angel Ortiz

He is definitely not news worthy. Belongs in the comics section of the paper.

Emily Hartigan


Mark Specter

Wonder if he'll ever get a real job. Pretty unhireable at this point.

Gene Hill

Well I gotta say, Alamo sounds like the perfect place for this young reactionary to run for office. I'm just dum bounded by the thought of someone wanting to move from SFe to there. My dad did the opposite in the '40s, he grew up in Alamogordo and came up to the city different after leaving home. Way too much fundamentalism and racism down there.

John Cook

This is an opportunity for Republicans to reject the worst of their party. While they are at it, they might want to re-think supporting a con-man for President.

Sabine Strohem

Sorry, but this kid is BONKERS.

Floyd Cable

Either bonkers, or totally cynical about espousing nonsense in a ploy for votes, or both.

Stefanie Beninato

Just what we need--a delusional wannabe lawmaker.

John Tallent

I totally agree!

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