Marg Elliston, who led the state Democratic Party through two successful electoral cycles, announced Monday she would leave her post in April.

Elliston, the party's chairwoman for three years, oversaw several Democratic Party successes, including retaking the Governor's Office in 2018 and holding on to a U.S. Senate seat in 2020. 

"I'm so thankful for the wonderful opportunities that this position has given me to work alongside our leaders to make a difference in New Mexico," Ellison said in a statement.

The Democrats, who in 2018 also held all three U.S. House seats before Republican Yvette Herrell defeated Xochitl Torres Small in November 2020, are looking to find a candidate in the 1st Congressional District, a seat Deb Haaland will give up if she is confirmed as secretary of the U.S. Interior Department. Several candidates already have emerged.

Elliston, who at one time headed the party in Sandoval County, assumed the role in 2018 after former chairman Richard Ellenberg resigned. 

"Marg's investments in party building and outreach were unparalleled, and I look forward to continue to work with her to ensure Democratic victories in the years to come," Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a statement.

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Don Usner

Thank you Marg for your dedication, commitment and leadership. You leave a wonderful legacy. Best wishes as you move on.

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