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State senator plans run for NM auditor in 2014, not governor

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TAKING A PASS ON CHALLENGING SUSANA: NM state Sen. Tim Keller will run for State Auditor, not Governor.

TAKING A PASS ON CHALLENGING SUSANA: NM state Sen. Tim Keller will run for State Auditor, not Governor.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

SANTA FE – You can count state Sen. Tim Keller, D-Albuquerque, out as a potential rival to Gov. Susana Martinez in 2014.

The 35-year-old who won a second term in what’s known as the International District in north-central Albuquerque in 2012, told New Mexico Watchdog Thursday afternoon he’ll run for state auditor in 2014.

“I think it’s a good fit for my background,” said Keller, who earned a master’s in business administration from Harvard. “I think that I have enough experience that I know where to look” to investigate agencies and oversee the audits the office mandates that entities who accept and/or receive state dollars turn in each year.

Keller had flirted with the idea of challenging Martinez, a Republican who will run for a second term next year and has enjoyed poll numbers showing her at 60-plus percent approval ratings.

“I think the biggest issue is timing,” Keller said, citing the fact that his wife is eight months pregnant with the couple’s first child.

“To run for governor, you have to be ‘all in’ yesterday,” Keller said. “The timing is not right.”

State Auditor Hector Balderas, a Democrat,  is term-limited from running for a third term and has thrown his hat into the ring for state attorney general in 2014.

Thus far, the only two Democrats who have said they’ll run against Martinez are Attorney General Gary King and state Sen. Linda Lopez.

Contact Rob Nikolewski at rob@nmwatchdog.org and follow him on Twitter @robnikolewski

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Since 2010, Rob Nikolewski has covered New Mexico politics and investigated fraud, waste and abuse in government. He also writes an opinion column in the Sunday editions of the Santa Fe New Mexican. Rob joined New Mexico Watchdog after 20 years in television as a sports anchor and reporter. He anchored at MSNBC, New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Reno and Boise, winning three regional Emmy awards along the way. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a master's in public administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio.

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