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Politics Notebook: ‘Different’ Democrat plans to enter race for governor

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Alan Webber

Webber

Santa Fe businessman Alan Webber joined a crowded Democratic gubernatorial field Monday, saying he would bring a fresh approach to the 2014 race.

Webber, 65, who is making his first run for elected office, described himself as a “pro-business, progressive Democrat.” He launched the successful “Fast Company” business magazine in 1993 and moved to New Mexico in 2003.

“I think I am different,” he told the Journal. “I think if you want a different future for New Mexico, you’ve got to get different people in the game.”

He cited the state’s economy and education system as the two most critical issues facing New Mexico, saying he would back legislation to invest more state funds into early childhood education programs.

Webber also said he plans to invest some of his own money into his campaign but will actively seek outside donors.

In addition to his business background, Webber has also worked as an assistant to the U.S. secretary of transportation and held several city government jobs in Portland, Ore.

Other candidates who have already announced they will seek the Democratic Party’s gubernatorial nomination are Attorney General Gary King, state Sen. Linda Lopez of Albuquerque and state Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City.

SOUTHERN SWING: Gov. Susana Martinez will return to New Mexico today, after a four-state fundraising swing through the southern United States.

Martinez traveled to North Carolina on Saturday, and made stops in Georgia, Mississippi and Arkansas during the four-day trip, said her political adviser, Jay McCleskey.

Martinez has kept up a busy out-of-state travel schedule in recent months. During October, for instance, she has spent all or part of 13 days outside New Mexico – in nine states.

The governor earlier this month reported having nearly $3.3 million on hand in her 2014 re-election account.

The costs of Martinez’s recent travel will be paid for by her campaign committee, McCleskey said.

Contact Dan Boyd at dboyd@abqjournal.com.

 

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