Edgewood town councilor John Abrams is running for Congress, one of five Democrats who have so far declared candidacy for the District 1 seat.

The position is currently held by Michelle Lujan Grisham, who is running for governor.

“After nearly ten years of service to Edgewood, it’s time for me to do something bigger,” Abrams said Tuesday. “I’m looking at this as an opportunity to help a much larger community in my state, as well as the country.”

Asked what his experience in Edgewood brings to the table, Abrams said, “I have unique ways of solving lots and lots of problems—I’ve done that in my career and as a council member and mayor pro tem in Edgewood. I like to get things done, and I plan to get things done. I don’t bring a bunch of theory, I bring a bunch of hard work.”

Asked what successes he would point to in Edgewood, Abrams cited the wind generator which offsets electricity costs for the town’s sewer plant. He also mentioned the town getting “quite a good number of miles of roads paved.”

Abrams said he has been “sort of an anchor” on Edgewood’s town council. “I’ve been a steady constant over the last four administrations, really. I’ve been someone who has kind of held the meetings together at times, and spoken truth when truth needed to be spoken, and just said it when no one else seemed to want to.” He added, “When hard things need to be said, I don’t shy away from it.”

Abrams works as manager of information services for the University of New Mexico’s Valencia campus, and described his job there as “chief information guy and head computer guy.” He is also an adjunct instructor in information technology.

Abrams is married and has three grown children.

If elected, he said he would resign from the council, but has no plan to do so unless that happens.

The primary election in June 2018 will decide which Democrat advances to the general election in November 2018.

Other candidates so far in the District 1 congressional race include Pat Davis, Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez, Deb Haaland, and Dennis Dinge.