Politics

Pueblo woman aims to be first Native candidate in state office






Deb Haaland on the campaign trail in New Mexico. Photo from Facebook

Native Americans make up 11.4 percent of the population in New Mexico, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but a Native person has never held statewide office.

Deb Haaland, a single mother from Laguna Pueblo, hopes to change that. She's the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.

“I don’t think voting is enough. You have to do more," Haaland told The Albuquerque Journal. "Sometimes you’ve just got to take a leap."

Haaland is running on the Democratic ticket with Attorney General Gary King. Their opponents in the November general election are Gov. Susana Martinez (R) and Lt. Gov. John Sanchez (R).

Get the Story:
‘Sometimes you’ve just got to take a leap’ (The Albuquerque Journal 6/23)

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