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Clinton hires three for NM office

Hillary Clinton is preparing to formally open up shop in New Mexico.

The Democratic presidential frontrunner’s campaign announced Tuesday it has hired three state-level staffers in advance of the June 7 primary election and also plans to open an undisclosed number of field offices in the coming weeks.

The moves could be a sign of New Mexico’s importance to Clinton, who holds a lead in pledged delegates over Democratic rival Bernie Sanders but has not yet mathematically clinched the party’s nomination.

Scott Forrester will serve as state director for Clinton’s campaign in New Mexico. Forrester, a political consultant, previously served as the state Democratic Party’s executive director and was a top aide to former Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chávez.

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In a Tuesday statement, Forrester said Clinton will work for votes in New Mexico even though she already has, in his words, a “nearly insurmountable” lead in delegates.

Rich Thuma will be Clinton’s organizing director in New Mexico and Victor Reyes has been hired as her campaign’s communications director in the state.

A Journal Poll conducted in February found 47 percent of New Mexico Democrats likely to vote in this year’s presidential primary election favored Clinton, compared to 33 percent who backed Sanders.

GOP leader in marathon

New Mexico House Majority Leader Nate Gentry swapped loafers for running shoes earlier this month when he took part in the prestigious Boston Marathon.

Gentry, an Albuquerque Republican, finished the 26.2-mile race on April 18 with a time of just over 3 hours and 16 minutes. He said Tuesday hot and humid conditions weren’t ideal for him and other New Mexico-based runners.

“I didn’t run as quickly as I’d hoped, but it was a cool experience,” Gentry told the Journal. “It’s a very patriotic event.”

Gentry, who played soccer and ran track at Valley High during the 1990s, said he started running again several years ago and has been training with members of the Dukes Track Club, which sent several runners to Boston for this year’s race.

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Gentry had qualified for the Boston Marathon via his performance in the 2014 Chicago Marathon.

For the record, he finished this month’s run in 4,104th place out of 26,639 finishers – just over an hour behind race winner Lemi Berhani Hayle of Ethiopia, who clocked in at 2:12:45.

Dan Boyd: dboyd@abqjournal.com.

 


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