NMSU Regent Re-elected Democratic Party Chair

New Mexico – Javier Gonzales of Santa Fe has been re-elected chairman of New Mexico's Democratic Party.

Gonzales has served as chairman since 2009.

The party's state central committee selected Gonzales Saturday to continue for a two-year term. He defeated two challengers, Albuquerque lawyer Sam Bregman and Letitia Montoya of Santa Fe.

Gonzales, 44, is a business consultant in Santa Fe and serves on the New Mexico State University board of regents. He is a former member of the Santa Fe County Commission.

In a statement after his election, Gonzales said Democrats were united and will hold Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's "feet to the fire over her divisive agenda."

The state party's executive director said Gonzales received 191 votes to 180 for Bregman and nine for Montoya.

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