Month: February 2018

Mick Rich To Host 23 Town Halls in Five Days


Mick Rich, New Mexico’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, will barnstorm New Mexico next week in a 23-city “Hard Hat Town Hall Tour.”

“I’ve listened to New Mexicans’ concerns and dreams for 35 years,” said Rich, a general contractor. “In the past year alone, I put 150,000 miles on my Ford meeting with voters in all 33 counties. But it takes on new meaning now that I’m the nominee.”

Mick Rich for Senate campaign manager, Evan Machan, said the tour is testimony to the candidate’s desire to meet every voter he can. “Mick is a working man who cares about the problems facing working families,” Machan said.

Machan added that candidate and staff will be riding in ‘The Beast,’ a rugged, off-road camper wrapped in campaign branding. “The Beast is a good vehicle for Mick and his campaign,” Machan said. “We go anywhere, and we have the tools to get the job done.”

Click here for Hard Hat Town Hall Tour information and free tickets.

Why I’m Running for U.S. Senate

I’m Mick Rich, and I’m running for the U.S. Senate.  I’m not a career politician. I’m an outsider and a proven job creator.

From the time I was in grade school, I wanted to build big things. I worked my way through college in construction and started my own company here in New Mexico.

Along the way learning Hard Hat Values.

What are Hard Hat Values? Always do your best work.  Use teamwork for every job. And do what it takes to get the job done.

Thirty-five years ago, I chose to start my construction business in New Mexico because I loved the beauty of this state and the character of its people, and I knew I could make a difference here. This is where my wife, Marion, and I chose to make our home and raise our family.

With the help of Marion and our four children, along with the efforts of scores of skilled and dedicated employees, I have helped to build communities around our state.

New Mexico’s strongest resource is you and me, the people. People who work hard, treat one another with respect, and do what it takes to get the job done. We care for others and take pride our in our lives. That’s Hard Hat Values.

Recently, like you, I’ve seen New Mexico emptying out. I see young people leaving the state for jobs elsewhere – two of our four children among them. Now even business leaders are giving up hope and moving away. Many of our cities and towns are not safe. The list of our state’s problems is long.

One of New Mexico’s senators is an example of the problem. Martin Heinrich has betrayed the people of New Mexico. In his nine years in Washington D.C., he consistently has put his personal political ambitions above the needs of our state.

I stand in contrast to Martin Heinrich, because I believe at the end of the day, we will be measured by how well we serve the people around us.

I believe in America. I believe in New Mexico. I know the road ahead is long and hard. But I am a get-it-done guy. And with the support of the great people of our state, we can and will improve the lives of our children and neighbors.

As your – New Mexico’s – senator, I will put on my Hard Hat and work to create good-paying jobs that support families. I will get this job done. New Mexicans will never again be taken for granted by out-of-touch career politicians like Martin Heinrich.

Together, we can change Congress for the better. Join me, and Send a Hard Hat to Washington.

Albuquerque Builder Mick Rich Accepts GOP Nomination for U.S. Senate


ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Feb. 26, 2018 – Mick Rich, a general contractor from Albuquerque, on Saturday accepted the New Mexico Republican Party’s nomination for U.S. Senate. Rich will face Dem. Sen. Martin Heinrich in the Nov. 6 midterm election.

“I am honored to be the Republican Party’s nominee,” Rich said. “And I am eager to replace Martin Heinrich in the U.S. Senate, and return common-sense Hard Hat values to Congress.”

Rich said his campaign is based on jobs. “New Mexico’s unemployment rate is still second-worst in the nation,” he said. “I am a proven job creator, and I know how to use federal policy to create good-paying jobs in New Mexico.”

State campaign chairman, Rick Lopez, said Rich’s message appeals not only to Republicans, but to all hard-working taxpayers. “When you’re hungry, you don’t debate philosophy,” Lopez said. “New Mexico is hungry for opportunity. Many traditional Democrats and Independents also will support Mick.”

Rich, 63, was born in the California Bay Area and received his civil engineering degree from Oregon State University. He moved to New Mexico in 1980 and founded a contracting business several years later. He and his wife, Marion, have four adult children.


Mick Rich Calls on Martin Heinrich To Condemn Pelosi’s “Crumbs” Attacks

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Feb. 21, 2018 – Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in New Mexico, Mick Rich, today called on his opponent, Martin Heinrich, to condemn House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for repeatedly denigrating the GOP tax cuts and resulting worker bonuses as “crumbs.”

Rich’s challenge came as six Democratic leaders refused to endorse Pelosi’s statements. New Mexico’s Congressman Ben Ray Luján joined Democratic Congressmen from New York, Texas, Minnesota, Missouri and Kentucky to contradict or refute Pelosi’s characterization of the tax cut’s benefits to American workers.

“Martin Heinrich must make a choice,” Rich said. “He either must admit he was wrong to vote against the tax cut, or he must continue to cow to his party’s leader, Nancy Pelosi, as he has done consistently throughout his career in Congress.”

Mick Rich for Senate campaign manager, Evan Machan, said Heinrich’s problem arose from casting votes based on his political ambitions instead of the well-being of the people of New Mexico.

“Martin Heinrich is a Democratic Party puppet,” Machan said. “If he had considered New Mexico’s unemployment rate, which is second-worst in the nation, he never would have voted against this tax cut. But he keeps singing the Democratic Party song, positioning himself for his next job in Washington D.C.”

As polls show that GOP tax cut is becoming more popular, Democrats who face re-election this year are concerned they must correct their messaging to align with public sentiment.

“It’s time for Martin Heinrich to man up,” Rich said. “Declare that you will put New Mexicans’ needs above your own political career, or face the wrath of voters this November.”

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Mick Rich Announces Statewide Campaign Leadership Team

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Feb. 20, 2018 – Mick Rich, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in New Mexico, today announced his statewide campaign leadership team, which will be tasked with organizing a strong grassroots campaign in every county across the state.

“I’m thrilled to have the support of these community leaders from every county of our state,” Rich said. “In visiting all 33 counties and listening to voters, I found the leaders who share my Hard Hat Values, and who care as much as I do that New Mexicans once again have a voice in Congress.”

In the past year, Mick has visited every county in the state, driving more than 150,000 miles in his truck to listen to voters and hear the issues they care about.

“Grassroots leaders are incredibly important,” said campaign manager, Evan Machan. “They are part of a populist movement of New Mexico citizens who are taking back their government from career politicians.”

Rick Lopez of Estancia will serve as state campaign chairman. Lopez is the current First Vice-Chair for the New Mexico Republican Party. He has more than 10 years of experience as a county chairman, and many years of grassroots political organization experience. His family has been in New Mexico since 1498.

“Mick brings an energy and excitement to campaigning that I have not seen in 40 years in politics,” Lopez said. “After watching him campaign tirelessly in every county in our state during the past two years, I am honored to join his campaign as State Chairman.”

Rich also announced campaign chairmen in all 33 New Mexico counties:

Bernalillo County
Julie Wright, Albuquerque
Small Business Owner and Grassroots Activist
“I support Mick because like me, Mick believes in fair and open government.”

Catron County
Keith Riddle, Reserve
Catron County Clerk
“Mick’s a Christian who walks the walk. He’s kind and compassionate to those in need.”

Chaves County
Catherine “Cat” Nagle, Roswell
“Mick supports America’s energy independence. I like that.”

Cibola County
Deniece Cornett, Milan
“I believe the federal government needs more elected officials who understand business. Mick Rich has owned a successful business for 35 years.”

Colfax County
Steve McFall, Angel Fire
Candidate for NM’s 3rd U.S. Congressional District
“I want to work with Mick in Congress to solve New Mexico’s problems. We are both common-sense problem-solvers, which is a big change from the partisan career politicians who pretend to represent us now.”

Curry County
Rube Render, Clovis
“It is imperative that we elect Mick Rich to replace Martin Heinrich in the U.S. Senate.”

 De Baca County
Ronald Barras, Fort Sumner
“We need solutions to the growing opioid crisis and the rise in crime. Mick understands that we must secure the border and support law enforcement.”

Dona Ana County
Dale Ann Lathrop, Las Cruces
“I’m supporting Mick because he knows how to create jobs. Mick will bring jobs back to New Mexico.”

Eddy County
Richard Stephens, Carlsbad
“Mick Rich understands that here in Southeast New Mexico, the oil and gas industry will do just fine if the federal government doesn’t interfere.”

Grant County
Candy Luhrsen, San Lorenzo
“I’m supporting Mick Rich because we need someone who will get the job done in Washington.”

Guadalupe County
Fred Hinker, Santa Rosa
“We need a Senator who will actually get things done in Washington. I believe Mick Rich will get things done. Anyone who knows how to build schools, churches, and offices knows how to put things together and make them work.”

Harding County
Donald Flowers, Mills
“Martin Heinrich is a lap dog of the Democratic Party. It doesn’t matter whether a bill will help New Mexico; Martin Heinrich will only vote for it if Chuck Schumer tells him to and it benefits his own political career. Mick doesn’t care about all that. He’s already said he will only serve two terms.”

Hidalgo County
Judy Keeler, Animas
“Mick believes in preserving New Mexico’s rural heritage of farming and ranching. It’s more than a way of life ­– it’s part of our identity. He’ll help us make rural New Mexico a place where young people want to carry on their family traditions, instead of having to leave for jobs out of state.”

Lea County
Ann Batson, Hobbs
“I’m supporting Mick Rich because he’s a Hard Hat. He knows the value of good-paying jobs that get your hands dirty but can support a family.”

Lincoln County
Ann Eby, Ruidoso
“Mick’s wife is a trained pharmacist and his daughter is studying to be a surgeon. He understands healthcare, and what it takes to make the system work.”

Los Alamos County
Jesse Velazco, Los Alamos
“I’m supporting Mick because he has built projects for our national labs. He understands how they work. Like Pete Domenici, Mick will make sure they have vital missions that are properly funded.”

Luna County
Cliff Denshire, Deming
“Mick has been here and talked with residents and ranchers. He knows we’ve absolutely got to secure the border, before the border region devolves into lawlessness.”

McKinley County
Dave Dallago
“I’m Democrat but I support Mick because I have worked with him over the years. I support Mick 100 percent, not based on politics, but based on his character and integrity.”

Mora County
Frank Trambley, Mora
“Mick’s a fellow Hard Hat. We share the same work ethic: do what it takes to get the job done.”

Otero County
Laurel Fischer, Alamogordo
“I support Mick because he has an excellent reputation in New Mexico’s community of builders and realtors. He truly has helped to build our state.”

Quay County
Jeff Byrd, Tucumcari
“Mick Rich is a man of faith. He doesn’t believe in telling people how to live, but he will defend the rights of people of faith. That’s enough for me.”

Rio Arriba County
Troy Padilla, Hernandez
“Most politicians forget about rural folk. Mick Rich will work for us. He won’t pander to D.C. politics. He believes in the people, no matter who you are or where you live.”

Roosevelt County
Gene Creighton, Elida
“We have got to replace California’s third Senator, Martin Heinrich, with someone who actually cares about New Mexico. Mick Rich is the man to do it.”

San Juan County
Janis Jakino, Farmington
“Business people respect money. Mick has owned a business for 35 years. We need more financial accountability and responsibility in government, and I believe Mick will bring that.”

San Miguel County
Reynaldo “Rey” Herrera, Rociada
“Martin Heinrich is out of step with New Mexico’s traditional family values. We need to turn New Mexico red.”

Sandoval County
Don Chapman, Rio Rancho, Sandoval County Commissioner
“I support Mick because like me, Mick can connect with people from vastly different backgrounds to get the job done.”

Santa Fe County
Yvonne Chicoine, Santa Fe
“Mick is a principled conservative who discuss divisive issues while showing calm and respect. We need more leaders like Mick Rich.”

Sierra County
Johanna Tighe, Elephant Butte
“Mick Rich fits well with the conservative values of Sierra County!”

Socorro County
Della Vega, Socorro
“If we want to bring jobs back to New Mexico, it makes sense to elect a Senator who has personally created hundreds of jobs. Mick Rich has done that. The only jobs Martin Heinrich has created were his own government staff, at taxpayer expense.”

Taos County
Susan Griffin and Tommy Simpson, Taos
“We want to get more Republicans registered and energized. Mick is a conservative, but his common-sense values appeal to independent and moderate Democrats as well.”

Torrance County
Pete Golden, McIntosh, Candidate for Torrance County Sheriff
“Mick believes in the rule of law. Unlike Martin Heinrich, Mick sees so-called sanctuary cities for what they are: outlaw cities. Mick will work the federal government to help local law enforcement lower crime.”

Union County
Victoria Baker, Clayton
“Washington is broken. Congress is broken. We need to shoo out the career politicians and elect people like Mick Rich who will act as citizen legislators to get Washington working again.”

Valencia County
Patricia Houston, Belen
“I’m supporting Mick Rich because Mick is very aware that our state and national security depends on securing our southern border.”

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Mick Rich Files Ballot Qualifying Signatures as Sole Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate

SANTA FE, Feb. 6, 2018 – Albuquerque contractor Mick Rich today filed nominating petitions with New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver that qualify him as the sole Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

“I am proud to be the candidate for all New Mexicans who are sick and tired of Martin Heinrich acting like California’s third senator instead of New Mexico’s senator,” Rich said. “I will be a senator for all New Mexicans.”

Mick Rich for Senate campaign manager, Evan Machan, said that Rich filed well over the minimum nominating petition signatures required for major party candidates.

“This campaign began three years ago as a kitchen table discussion with my wife, Marion,” Rich said. “It has never been my dream to be a politician. But as I told Marion that night, I refuse to stand by and watch our state suffer. We need a voice in Congress. If New Mexicans send me – a man with Hard Hat Values – to Washington, I will get the job done.”

Machan said that Rich appeals to all hard-working taxpayers, regardless of party affiliation. “Working people relate to Mick,” Machan said. “He will do what’s right for New Mexican families – above party or personal ambition.”

Machan added that Rich has pledged to serve no more than two terms in the U.S. Senate.

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