NM businessman announces for 2012 US Senate race

Greg Sowards
Greg Sowards

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A Las Cruces businessman said Thursday he will seek the Republican nomination in 2012 for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

Greg Sowards is the second Republican to announce for the race. An Alamogordo businessman, Bill English, made his announcement last month.

Sowards says he believes in conservative principles and is concerned about the national atmosphere that future generations will live under.

He says he has brought in the political consulting firm of Kush and Associates to assist his campaign.

Sowards, who owns a day care center, unsuccessfully sought the GOP's nomination for the 2nd Congressional District in a five-way race in 2008.

Bingaman won a fifth term in the Senate in 2006.