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Former state GOP Chairman John Dendahl dies

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John Dendahl, an articulate and combative conservative who challenged New Mexico’s majority Democrats as a governor candidate, writer and state Republican Party chairman, died Saturday in Colorado after a brief illness.

Friends said Dendahl, who moved to the Denver area in 2007, had been diagnosed with leukemia and recently had begun treatment. Survivors include his wife, Jackie, and five daughters.

The 75-year-old Santa Fe native was remembered fondly by New Mexico Republicans who cited his fearless challenges to Democrats and his devotion to strengthening the state’s longtime minority party.

See full story in the Sunday Journal.

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