Jessica M. Karmasek Feb. 21, 2013, 6:31pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Legal Newsline) -- A former New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner is reportedly considering a run for state attorney general in 2014.

The New Mexico Watchdog reported Tuesday that Jason Marks, who just finished up two terms on the state commission, has opened an exploratory committee, based in Albuquerque.

According to its website, the state's Public Regulation Commission regulates the utilities, telecommunications, motor carriers and insurance industries to ensure fair and reasonable rates, and to assure reasonable and adequate services to the public as provided by law.

"I'm testing the waters," Marks said of a potential run.

An Albuquerque attorney and a Democrat, Marks is the first to go on record as a potential candidate for attorney general to replace current Attorney General Gary King, according to Watchdog.

King was first elected as the state's top lawyer in 2006 and is eligible to run for re-election.

However, King said in July he will seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014.

"New Mexico needs a strong attorney general who will stand up for ordinary people at the legislature and in the courts and stand up for corporate accountability and honest government," Marks told Watchdog Tuesday.

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