Democratic Lt. Governor Candidate Debra Haaland has become the first Native American on a New Mexico Gubernatorial ticket in state history. She will run unopposed in the June Democratic primary.
“Thank you to the thousands of New Mexicans who signed my nomination petition, and the hundreds who provided their time and financial support to my campaign, and took time out of their lives to talk to me about what matters most to them. I am truly honored by the outpouring of support I have received since we began in December. We have completed the first steps of this campaign, but we are just getting started.”
Haaland, a longtime Democratic organizer and activist, is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna and serves as a Tribal Administrator at the Pueblo of San Felipe.
Haaland earned early support from high-profile New Mexico Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez and House Speaker Ken Martinez, various tribal leaders, among many others.
“I’m running because I owe a debt of gratitude to New Mexico, and to the Democratic Party. As a single mother, and as a Native American, this state has given me so much. Now, I am proud to continue giving back and working hard to make New Mexico a place where we can proudly raise our children.”
Haaland’s time as an activist was spent registering and engaging voters, most recently as President Obama’s State Native American Vote Director in 2012, when the President garnered nearly 90% of the Native vote. Her strong field experience and native ties bring a previously unseen dynamic to the 2014 Democratic ticket.
Haaland’s gubernatorial running mate is not expected to be determined until the June Democratic primary. “We have five outstanding candidates for Governor; whoever Democrats select, I will be honored to join a campaign that has New Mexicans’ best interests at heart; there are many issues confronting our state and I look forward to presenting positive, productive solutions,” she said.