New details revealed about Solomon’s Peña’s personal history

Court records, police reports, and websites fill in some of the blanks in Solomon Peña’s private life. According to his campaign website, Peña was born in California but grew up in New Mexico. He also graduated from Highland High School in 2001. The facility is located in Southeast Albuquerque. Peña spoke to KOAT in July about his upbringing as well as his passion for politics. “I was already interested in this life My BA in Political Science at . The decline of the State of the Union actually got me going,” he said. But 2007 took a turn for the Duke City resident after he was charged with burglary at a Kmart on Carlisle Boulevard NE. The shop has since closed and the area is currently being converted into a whole foods store. Court documents also show that Peña served almost seven years in prison. “This is a man who obviously has deep issues and has served seven years in prison before committing a crime. A very angry man,” said Brian Sanderoff, KOAT’s policy expert. After Peña’s release, he continued to work for a company called Sitel. According to additional court filings, he was fired for reportedly “adding services to client accounts without their permission.” Peña was also fired from a Melloy dealership in 2017 after showing up “late on three separate occasions.” An incident report by the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) reveals that the former Republican nominee was briefly arrested after he was with his fugitive brother in was found in a car. There are also records of another APD police report from September 2019. The document was produced after a former business partner told officers that Peña had verbally threatened him on a number of occasions. “This was not an innocent person who rose to this level,” Sanderoff said. “So he’s not exactly the ideal candidate profile to recruit for any election.” After graduating from the University of New Mexico with a degree in political science, his right to vote was restored in April 2021. Peña has contested four elections since then, and it wasn’t until last November that he really entered politics. The 39-year-old ran against Democratic Rep. Miguel Garcia for District 14 but lost. “Mr. Pena alleges that there was voter fraud and that the election was rigged,” Sanderoff said. According to the Albuquerque Journal, Jose Trujillo was one of the biggest donors to Peña’s campaign. APD officials say he is just one of the men paid to take part in a drive-by shooting at the homes of the Democratic legislature in Albuquerque. Trujillo has pledged nearly $2,500 to his campaign. Sandoval County Commissioner Jay Block also donated $104 to Peña’s campaign.

Court records, police reports, and websites fill in some of the blanks in Solomon Peña’s private life.

According to his campaign website, Peña was born in California but grew up in New Mexico. He also graduated from Highland High School in 2001. The facility is located in southeast Albuquerque.

Peña spoke to KOAT in July about his upbringing and his passion for politics.

“I was interested in this life. That’s why I did my BA in Political Science at [the University of New Mexico]. The state of the nation [in] The decline actually got me going,” he said.

But 2007 took a turn for the Duke City resident after he was charged with breaking and entering a Kmart on Carlisle Boulevard NE. The store has since closed and the area is currently being converted into Whole Foods.

Court documents also show that Peña served almost seven years in prison.

“This is a man [who] obviously has deep problems and has spent seven years in prison [for] criminal record. A very angry man,” said Brian Sanderoff, KOAT’s policy expert.

After Peña’s release, he continued to work for a company called Sitel.

However, according to additional court filings, he was fired for reportedly “adding services to client accounts without their permission.”

Peña was also fired from a Melloy dealership in 2017 after showing up “late on three separate occasions.”

The following year, an incident report by the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) revealed that the former Republican candidate was briefly arrested after he was found in a car with his fugitive brother.

There are also records of another APD police report from September 2019. The document was produced after a former business partner told officers that Peña had verbally threatened him on a number of occasions.

“It wasn’t an innocent person who rose to that level,” Sanderoff said. “So he’s not exactly the ideal candidate profile to recruit for an election.”

After graduating from the University of New Mexico with a degree in political science, his right to vote was restored in April 2021.

Peña has contested four elections since then.

But it wasn’t until last November that he really got into politics. The 39-year-old ran against Democratic Rep. Miguel Garcia for District 14 but lost.

“Mr. Pena alleges that there was voter fraud and that the election was rigged,” Sanderoff said.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Jose Trujillo was one of the biggest donors to Peña’s campaign. APD officials say he is just one of the men paid to take part in a drive-by shooting at the homes of the Democratic legislature in Albuquerque. Trujillo has pledged nearly $2,500 to his campaign.

Sandoval County Commissioner Jay Block also donated $104 to Peña’s campaign.

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