“This is not about galvanizing the base for me, this is about galvanizing New Mexicans who are tired of what the governor has done to them,” he said.

Twenty-five years in the military and five years in county government stand out on Block’s resume. Raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, Block earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from North Dakota State University and a Master of Science in International Relations from Troy University.

He would serve in the U.S. Air Force, specializing in nuclear weapons and being stationed around the globe, including a stint in Afghanistan. He was stationed at Kirkland Air Force base in 2015, shortly before his retirement.