Guadalupe Cano, one of the four town councilmembers of Silver City, New Mexico, will run for the State House of Representatives this year as an independent candidate. No independent has ever been elected to the New Mexico legislature. New Mexico didn’t even permit independent candidates until 1977.
The last time a member of any party, other than the Democratic and Republican Parties, was elected to the New Mexico legislature was 1914, when one Socialist and one Progressive were elected. However, New Mexico eliminated the straight-ticket device in 2011, so that will help Cano.