Albuquerque man vying for governor

Freedom New Mexico

Doug Turner included Clovis on a whirlwind tour of the state Wednesday to announced his candidacy for governor of New Mexico.

A one-time campaign manager for former Gov. Gary Johnson and currently the owner of a public relations firm in Albuquerque, Turner visited Las Cruces and Roswell prior to flying to Clovis for a meeting of local Republicans at Dakota’s Steakhouse.

“I am interested in running for governor, serving two terms and then going back to my family and business,” said Turner, 40. “I really think that’s what public service is all about.”

Turner becomes the fourth Republican to officially announce a gubernatorial candidacy in New Mexico. Janice Arnold-Jones of Albuquerque, Susana Martinez of Las Cruces and Albuquerque’s Allen Weh preceded Turner in formally launching bids.

At the meeting in Clovis, Turner spoke about improving areas such as the state’s financial situation and education and eliminating public corruption.

“We have a state government that overspends; it’s inefficient,” Turner said. “Government needs to be small and helpful. If helpful means getting out of the way, that’s what needs to be done.”