LAS CRUCES (AP) - An Albuquerque lawyer has been elected as the new chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.
Members of the party's central committee cast votes during a meeting Saturday in Las Cruces. Party officials say Sam Bregman won with just over 66 percent of the vote. Challenger Roxanne Lara finished with more than 33 percent.
Bregman replaces Javier Gonzales of Santa Fe, who is stepping down after nearly four years of leading the party.
On the top of the to-do list for Bregman will be the 2014 elections. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is expected to bid for a second term, and Democrats will be looking to take back the office.
Bregman recently told the Albuquerque Journal that he would be a "pit bull" in standing up to Republicans.
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An Albuquerque Police officer involved shooting over the weekend marks the fifth since late October and city officials are taking notice.
A woman was stolen from her daughter's car, a woman who died more than five years ago.
Albuquerque police shot and killed a man Sunday night after responding to an assault call near UNM.
Deputies were led on a chase around 4 p.m. Monday after a person called 911 to report their vehicle had been stolen and was being driven recklessly around Albuquerque.
New Mexico could have hundreds of millions of dollars more to spend as legislators get ready to put together next year's budget in the upcoming legislative session.
Organizers of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl are hoping to shed the disappointing attendance numbers that weighed down the event last year when the Colorado State Rams and the Washington State Cougars face off Dec. 21.