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NM-Gov: Webber becomes 4th Democrat in race

Alan WebberBusinessman Alan Webber is leaping into the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, becoming the fourth candidate in an increasingly-crowded field to take on Susana Martinez.

He already has a web video up on his candidacy, which you can see at the bottom of this post. Webebr is a relative novice to politics, having never run for elective office before.

Milan Simonich gives some background on the Santa Fe resident:

Webber, 65, has never run for public office before. He started Fast Company, a business magazine, in 1995. It was headquartered in Boston. He sold the magazine in 2000.

He also is the author of books, including “Rules of Thumb: How to Stay Productive and Inspired Even in the Most Turbulent of Times.”

Webber was also the editor of the Harvard Business Review and has lived in Santa Fe for ten years according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.

He was also a speechwriter for the Michael Dukakis presidential campaign in 1988.

Webber says in his video that he has never run for office and if he is elected, this is the only position he will ever run for.

All the other announced candidates are current elected officials; two state Senators and the Attorney General. Incumbent Susana Martinez is, obviously, the sitting governor.

Democrats have been looking for a candidate they think can knock off the popular incumbent. When State Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City, entered the race, he mentioned that other candidates had failed to excite the Democratic base. While it was an unsubtle, but not direct, reference to State Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, and Attorney General Gary King, Webber made no reference to other candidates.

Update:

The Martinez campaign welcome Webber to the race with a familiar refrain — saying he is out of the mainstream of New Mexico. The campaign said the same thing when Morales announced his candidacy.

“Alan Webber represents the extreme fringe of the Democratic Party and his radical ideology, which has even included attempts to eliminate car use, is way out of step with mainstream New Mexicans,” Danny Diaz, a spokesman for the Martinez administration said in a statement to the press. “Governor Martinez’s strong leadership, which includes a jobs package that lowers taxes and levels the playing field, as well as education reform that puts students first, is exactly the kind of common sense agenda New Mexicans support.”

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Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.

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