Outgoing GOP US Rep. Steve Pearce has decided not to seek the chairmanship of the state Republican Party, according to GOP County Chair Ryan Cangiolosi. Friends of Pearce say he will support oilman Harvey Yates for the position. Yates is expected to announce his candidacy early next week. He joins Farmington's Allen McCulloch as a contender in the January 10 chair election. Also planning a run is Michael Meyer of ABQ and former ABQ State Rep. John Padoven. Yates and McCulloch are expected to be the two strongest candidates.
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