SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque lawyer John Wertheim says he's running for state treasurer next year.
Wertheim made his candidacy official Tuesday in an online announcement, including a campaign video in which he pledges to "fight to invest New Mexico's money in New Mexico's people."
Wertheim was state Democratic Party chairman from 2004 to 2007.
Former State Sen. Tim Eichenberg of Albuquerque and former Bernalillo County Treasurer Patrick Padilla have said they plan on running for the Democratic nomination.
Incumbent Democrat James Lewis is term-limited and can't seek re-election.
If elected treasurer, Wertheim said he'll push for a progressive economic policy. He supports a proposal to boost the payout from a state permanent fund to provide more money for early childhood education programs. The measure has failed in the Legislature.
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