GOP Gubernatorial Candidate, Former Gary Johnson Advisor Switches to Libertarian Party in New Mexico

Retired Albuquerque teacher and ultramarathon runner Tim Walsh announced he was running for governor of New Mexico earlier this year. He initially declared as a Republican, but has switched over to the Libertarian Party in recent weeks.

Walsh was born in North Dakota and lived for a time in Minnesota, where he worked in patient account services for the Mayo Clinic and served as a city councilman in Lake City, Minnesota.

In addition to several decades of teaching experience, Walsh served as Education Policy Advisor for then-Governor Gary Johnson.

Walsh’s platform includes a pledge to never raise taxes, to cut wasteful spending, and to greatly expand “educational choice” via voucher programs and charter schools.

If he is successful at getting onto the ballot, Walsh will be the LP’s first ever candidate for New Mexico governor. The most recent third party candidate in a New Mexico gubernatorial race was David Bacon in 2002, he won 5.5% of the vote on the Green Party line.

Gary Johnson was elected to two terms as governor (1994-2002) when he was a Republican. He later twice-served as the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee, winning 3.5% in New Mexico during the 2012 presidential race and 9.3% of the vote in 2016. Johnson later stepped in as the Libertarian nominee for U.S. Senate in 2018, capturing 15.4% of the vote in that contest.

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