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Santa Fe businessman Alan Webber announces 2014 gubernatorial bid

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A Santa Fe businessman and former magazine publisher announced today he will seek the 2014 Democratic nomination for governor.

Alan Webber, who moved to New Mexico in 2003, becomes the fourth Democrat in a crowded primary race. Attorney General Gary King, state Sen. Linda Lopez of Albuquerque and state Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City are the others.

In an emailed announcement, Webber criticized the policies of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and said he would bring a fresh perspective to the Governor’s Office.

“We need to imagine new possibilities for New Mexico — new ways of solving problems and of working together,” Webber said. “That’s how we’ll create the new jobs our state desperately needs and the good schools our children deserve.”

In addition to his business experience, Webber previously worked as special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and held several city government positions in Portland, Ore.

Danny Diaz, a spokesman for Martinez’s re-election campaign, blasted Webber while touting the governor’s track record.

“Alan Webber represents the extreme fringe of the Democratic Party and his radical ideology, which has even included attempts to eliminate car use, is way out of step with mainstream New Mexicans,” Diaz said.

Check tomorrow’s Journal for more information.

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