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Democrat announces for NM lieutenant governor

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic activist and tribal administrator from Albuquerque is seeking the party’s nomination for lieutenant governor.

Debra Haaland plans to kick off her campaign on Tuesday at Laguna Pueblo, where she is an enrolled member and chairwoman of the Laguna Development Corporation’s board of directors.

Haaland has served as San Felipe Pueblo tribal administrator since January.

Haaland says if she wins the nomination, she’ll be the first Native American on a gubernatorial ticket in New Mexico.

She is the chairwoman of the state Democratic Party’s Native American caucus.

Haaland earned a bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of New Mexico.

She is the only publicly announced Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.

Five Democrats are seeking the gubernatorial nomination to run against Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.