I am in the process of forming an exploratory committee to run for governor in 2010. As word has spread, I have been both heartened and surprised by the enthusiasm and support for my candidacy.
I also know it is a long road to the primary and there is a lot of work ahead.
I strongly believe that we need to restore trust in government here in New Mexico. The people should trust their government and the government should trust the people.
I bring a unique set of skills to this campaign.
People have told me that they are tired of career politicians...on both sides of the aisle.
I have extensive leadership experience in both the private sector and the public sector (military).
I understand finance. I have worked in the financial sector for 22 years and know what needs to be done to restore prosperity to our pension funds and state finances.
Next, as a small business owner I understand how to make money and not just how to spend it. I know the burden that over-taxation and regulation places on the productive members of our society. We need to reward and encourage hard work over entitlement.
Next, as a Brigadier General, I served at both the State level (here in NM) and the National level (at GTMO). I understand our security issues and challenges on the border. I understand how to work with large bureaucracies and with Washington. And I've had the privilege to serve with the fine men and women of the NM National Guard.
Finally, as a father of two sons in the public school system, I understand how important the education issue is to the long-term health and viability of the State. I am a product of the Albuquerque public school system. My wife has been a teacher, State School board member and State Representative. My father was on the APS School board and my mother was the principal of Sandia HS. ... I married my HS sweetheart (Valley HS 1976) Teresa 29 years ago.
I am a West Point graduate and have two Master's degrees...one from Boston University in Business and the other from the US Army War College in Strategic Studies.