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Candidate Says Using UNM E-Mail Not Improper

By Jim Ludwick
Journal Staff Writer
    Rey Garduño says he's "running clean" in his City Council race. His campaign literature plays off that slogan.
    And if you want to join his clean campaign, he invites you to contact him through his University of New Mexico e-mail account.
    Garduño says it's not improper to use the state government e-mail system for his political campaign.
    "I'm a retired UNM employee. I have that e-mail account for life," he said.
    There are UNM rules banning employees from using university supplies or equipment for campaign purposes, but Garduño points out that he's not an employee— he's retired. And his use of e-mail carries no real cost for UNM, he says.
    Garduño says he thought about changing to a different e-mail account for the political campaign, but he decided against it. He said he doesn't think he should change his ways because of the "ignorance" of critics.
    "They should know what they're talking about," he said.
    "I'm not afraid of the question (about his use of e-mail) because I have a good answer. I'm glad you asked the question so I could clarify."
    Garduño is seeking election in District 6, currently represented by Martin Heinrich. Heinrich is stepping down at the end of his term to run for Congress.
    Steve Carr, a UNM spokesman, had no immediate comment about the e-mail.
    "There's nothing I can really say about it without looking into it," he said.