Candidate has been in trouble with law

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By David Giuliani

Travis Regensberg, a Democratic candidate for District 70 state representative, said he plans to be candid with voters about his mistakes. But he’ll defend himself when warranted, he said.

“My past is there. I’ve been open about it,” said Regensberg, 42, a Las Vegas resident.

In the 1990s, Regensberg, a building contractor, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery against a man.

“I was wrong. I’m not denying that,” he said.

But he notes that charges against him were dismissed in two cases involving a former girlfriend in recent years.

In 2004, he was arrested on a charge of domestic battery, but prosecutors later dismissed the charge, saying that the alleged victim, his ex-girlfriend, didn’t want to pursue the matter through trial.

In a 2006 case, he was charged with the misdemeanors of harassment, stalking and using a phone to intimidate.

Prosecutors dismissed the case with an agreement that Regensberg not have any abusive contact with the alleged victim, be assessed by Somos Familia, an anti-domestic violence nonprofit group and not possess guns, except for when he is hunting.

He was accused of constantly calling and texting his ex-girlfriend, even on her state-issued cell phone.

According to a police report, the alleged victim stated that she believed Regensberg broke into her house. But he was never charged with that crime. Regensberg said it was impossible that he could have broken in because he was in Mora selling a horse at the time.

He is running against incumbent Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, and Naomi Montoya, a Luna Community College employee. The state courts Web site shows that neither Vigil nor Montoya have faced charges before.

Regensberg said that in recent days, someone has been sending records indicating his charges to the media and at least one of his opponents. He said he knew the information would come out during the election season, as it did in his previous state representative campaign a few years ago.

“I’m not going to hide from these facts,” he said. “They want to take me out of the picture. I’m not going anywhere.”

He pointed out that he has tried to do much good for the community, including holding communitywide Easter egg hunts for the last nine years and turkey giveaways and helping seniors and others out of his own pocket.

Regensberg added that he couldn’t be a state representative if he were a convicted felon.

The Democratic primary is June 3.