Regional
9:07 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Two Democrats Eye Nomination In Heated Treasurer Race

A nasty primary race for treasurer between two Democrats is coming to a close.

Voters will decide Tuesday on the treasurer nomination between former Democratic state party chairman John Wertheim and former state Sen. Tim Eichenberg.

Wertheim has attacked Eichenberg in ads for discriminating against Latinos, women and gays with votes in the Senate and as Bernalillo County treasurer.

Eichenberg called those attacks a "smear" and said his opponent doesn't have the experience and qualifications for the state treasurer position.

The back and forth prompted current State Democratic Party Chairman Sam Bregman to blast the campaign ad, without naming Wertheim, for using "character assassination" and "unacceptable and despicable" attacks.

Bregman previously has served as Eichenberg's attorney.

The winner in Tuesday's primary will face Republican Rick Lopez in November.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.