Albuquerque democrat preparing to run for governor

From the Santa Fe New Mexican - by By Steve Terrell - State Sen. Linda Lopez, an Albuquerque Democrat, said Monday that she’s ready to run for governor. Lopez, who first was elected to the Senate in 1996, told The New Mexican that she has appointed a campaign treasurer but still needs to set up a campaign account and complete the paperwork at the Secretary of State’s Office before formally announcing. “I’m preparing,” she said, adding that she’ll probably make it official next week.  So far, the only other Democrat in the race to challenge incumbent Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is Attorney General Gary King, who sought the job years ago and has been a candidate for the 2014 nomination since last year. At least one other Democrat is considering the race. State Sen. Tim Keller, an Albuquerque businessman, said Monday he’s also thinking about entering the gubernatorial primary.  Lopez, 49, ran for lieutenant governor in 2010, coming in fourth out of five candidates in the Democratic primary. Read more


Mayor Berry appoints Arnold-Jones to City Council

From - By: Steve Mieczkowski, - former State Legislator Janice Arnold-Jones to fill the vacated District 7 City Council. Arnold-Jones was due to be sworn in Monday afternoon and was scheduled to participate in Monday evening’s Council meeting.
     "I worked with Janice during my time in the legislature and found her to be very professional and passionate about her commitment to good government,” said Mayor Berry.  Arnold-Jones succeeds Michael Cook, who resigned following a DWI arrest earlier this month.
     Note: Janice Arnold-Jones is a political commentator on statewide News New Mexico. Read more