“That was when I decided (to run),” he said of the aha moment. “There wasn’t a long-held dream.”
Wende Schwingendorf, meanwhile, had worked in government for years, including at the state and county level. She had been mulling a County Commission campaign of her own, thinking that her varied background — which also included being a reporter and working for the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce — would translate well. But it was after her fiancé underwent a double-lung transplant last summer that she committed to the idea.
“He said, ‘You’re going to regret it for the rest of your life if you don’t go for this,’ ” she said of running. “That was kind of a turning point for me.”