Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Rael picks up tribal endorsements

Lawrence Rael, one of five Democratic primary candidates for lieutenant governor, announced he has received the endorsement of the All Indian Pueblo Council and 7 separate tribal governments, including Isleta Pueblo, Santa Domingo Pueblo, Cochiti Pueblo, San Felipe Pueblo, Zia Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo and Pojaque Pueblo.

“Lawrence’s ability to build partnerships and get good things done would have been enough to earn our endorsement,” Isleta Pueblo Governor Robert Benavides. “But what really sets him apart is his integrity and the respect he shows to everyone he works with.”

Rael has worked closely with cities and tribal governments throughout the region. First as City Manager of Albuquerque and later as Executive Director of the Mid-Region Council of Governments.

“Whether it was getting a Rail Runner station in Santo Domingo, helping with Bosque restoration projects in Isleta, or arranging meetings between local mayors and the All Indian Council, I have always enjoyed working with the tribal leaders,” Rael. “I’m honored that they’re supporting me in my bid for Lieutenant Governor.”

Rael, faces former party chairman Brian Colón, State Rep. Joe Campos of Santa Rosa and state Sens. Linda Lopez and Jerry Ortiz y Pino. Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano withdrew from the race last month.

Four Republicans are also campaigning for lieutenant governor, including state Sen.
Kent Cravens of Albuquerque, 2006 Republican gubernatorial candidate J.R. Damron, former state Rep. Brian Moore of Clayton, 2002 Republican gubernatorial nominee John Sanchez. Albuquerque nurse Bea Sheridan has dropped out of the race.

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