courtesy Dave Mulryan
EASTERN NM — At age 29, attorney Kevin Sanders, the Democratic candidate for District 2 of the New Mexico Public Regulations Commission (PRC) is one of the youngest faces in New Mexico political scene this year, who, win or lose, offers a look at the near future of NM elected officials—he is smart, highly qualified and very energetic.
Sanders was born and raised in Tucumcari. The son of a contractor from whom he learned construction skills, he is a graduate of Tucumcari High where he participated in 4-H rifle and skeet shooting. At Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, he studied political science while working in construction to help pay for his education. While there, Kevin met his future wife, Rose, a musician, piano teacher, and currently a first-year medical student.
Kevin pursued his law degree at the UNM’s School of Law, focusing on administrative and regulatory law. He has a burning interest in public law, and for understanding and analyzing the frequently overlooked policies that impact the daily lives of New Mexicans. This led him to work in regulatory agencies. At the New Mexico PRC, Kevin worked in the agency’s legal division, drafting orders, reviewing applications, and researching applicable laws. Kevin also worked at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, DC.
In 2017 and 2018, Kevin served on the board of directors for the Public Law section of the NM State Bar association. He has also worked as an assistant district attorney in Sandoval County where he prosecuted DWI and domestic violence cases as well as other felonies. He is currently in private practice.
Kevin has the energy and experience to make a difference on the PRC and is running because he believes that the people of Eastern New Mexico need a strong, knowledgeable advocate. His concern is to help provide fair utility rate structures, and to nurture the rapid expansion of broadband Internet access to the benefit of all levels of the region’s economy.