The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE — A Democratic activist and tribal administrator from Albuquerque is the new leader of New Mexico’s Democratic Party.
Debra Haaland became the first Native American to lead a state party in New Mexico on Saturday following a Democratic State Central Committee meeting at a high school gym in Albuquerque.
The 54-year-old, who ran for lieutenant governor last year, beat Santa Fe County party chairman Richard Ellenberg by a vote of 214 to 168.
Haaland replaces Sam Bregman.