Democrats To Pick Among 3 For Party Chairman

KRWG News – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) New Mexico Democrats gather this weekend to decide who will lead the party for the next two years and provide a political counterbalance to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and a resurgent GOP.

Current chairman Javier Gonzales, a Santa Fe business consultant, is seeking re-election but faces challenges from Albuquerque criminal defense lawyer Sam Bregman and Letitia Montoya of Santa Fe, a past candidate for secretary of state and the state Senate.

The more than 400 members of the party's state central committee meet Saturday in Albuquerque to decide the leadership race.

Gonzales is a former Santa Fe County commissioner and became party chairman in 2009. Bregman is a former Albuquerque city councilor.

Democrats lost the governor's race last year and Republicans gained eight seats in the state House.

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