FARMINGTON — Rod Montoya announced Tuesday his plans to run for the New Mexico House of Representatives District 1 seat.

"I believe that I represent this district probably better than just about anybody," said Montoya, a Republican.

On Feb. 19, New Mexico state Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Farmington, announced he would not rerun for the position. Karen Bayless, a Republican Farmington resident, announced she will run for the seat. Candidates file for office on March 11.

Montoya said District 1 is one of the most conservative districts in San Juan County, and, with his very conservative values, he said he would represent its residents well. District 1 includes most of Farmington and reaches north to the state line.

Montoya has 15 years of political activism, according to a press release. He served as chief of staff for Lt. Gov. John Sanchez. As a volunteer, elected party official and campaign staff member, he helped more than 40 candidates run for offices, according to the press release. Among other positions, he also served as a vice-chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico.