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Apodaca Launches Campaign

He highlighted his business credentials and targeted Santa Fe leadership.

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Zach C. Cohen
May 2, 2017, 10:46 a.m.

Former me­dia ex­ec­ut­ive Jeff Apo­daca (D) “he is form­ally launch­ing is cam­paign on Tues­day.”

“Apo­daca says is run­ning be­cause he is ‘frus­trated’ with the state’s cur­rent polit­ic­al lead­er­ship. Apo­daca, who has nev­er held polit­ic­al of­fice, also says eco­nom­ic de­vel­op­ment and col­lege in­vest­ment to battle the state’s poverty rate will be key themes of his can­did­acy.” (AP)

Apo­daca, the son of former Gov. Jerry Apo­daca (D), also re­leased an an­nounce­ment video and web­site in which he high­lights the state’s low job growth, prom­ising to cre­ate 225,000 new jobs and raise wages. He also prom­ised to pro­mote “year-round pre-school” after “my fath­er star­ted year-round kinder­garten.”

Apo­daca: “I’m not run­ning be­cause it’s my turn. I’m run­ning to turn around New Mex­ico.” (re­lease)

Apo­daca: “I think my suc­cesses in busi­ness and my strengths — bring­ing teams to­geth­er, mak­ing sense of things. … Our polit­ic­al lead­er­ship has no ex­per­i­ence build­ing com­pan­ies, build­ing jobs, build­ing any­thing.” (Politico)

“If elec­ted, Apo­daca said he would work to di­ver­si­fy New Mex­ico’s eco­nomy so the state is less de­pend­ant on oil and gas. Not only could New Mex­ico use wind and sol­ar power for its own pur­poses, Apo­daca said, but the state could power oth­er states us­ing re­new­able en­ergy sources.” (NM Polit­ic­al Re­port)

“Apo­daca also fa­vors tap­ping in­to the state’s land grant per­man­ent fund — one of the largest of its kind in the coun­try — to pay for early child­hood edu­ca­tion and pro­grams that help young par­ents.” (Al­buquerque Journ­al)

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