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(From McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Las Cruces Sun-News, New Mexico)
Byline: Brian Fraga
LAS CRUCES -- Larry P. Martinez has filed his candidacy for the newly expanded New Mexico Senate District 35.
Martinez, a Lordsburg resident, will challenge longtime Sen. John Arthur Smith in the Democratic primary. Smith, who has served in the Senate since 1989, is chairman of the Finance Committee.
Martinez said he in running to bring jobs and prosperity to the district.
"I'm running because I care about the great people in this part of New Mexico," he said. "The area is hurting for jobs. The poverty rate in parts of this district is the …