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Press Release - New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's Political Momentum Continues to Build in the Latino Community

June 30, 2007

ORLANDO, FL -- Since announcing his bid to become the first Latino President Governor Bill Richardson has gained significant political support from Latino activists, political organizers, elected officials and senior officials from across the country.

"I am extremely honored and proud of the tremendous support I am receiving from the Latino community," stated Governor Bill Richardson. "As I travel the country and have the opportunity to talk with Latinos, my support continues to grow. This election is about empowering the grassroots to get involved in our electoral process. I am happy that the Latino population will play such an important role in deciding who our next President will be."

Earlier this week polls showed that Governor Richardson continues to build strong upward momentum across the board, particularly in Iowa and New Hampshire.


"If the caucuses were held today, who would you support?"


John Edwards


Hillary Clinton


Bill Richardson


Barack Obama


Joe Biden


Dennis Kucinich


Chris Dodd




Don't Know/NA


The poll of 500 likely Iowa caucus-goers was conducted for the Richardson campaign by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin and Associates June 18-20, 2007 and has a margin of error of + 4.4%.

*Among "likeliest" caucus-goers (representing just over 40% of the sample -- voters who attended the 2004 caucuses, voted in the 2006 primary, and say they are definite to attend next year's caucus)


Clinton -- 37 percent

 Obama -- 19 percent

 Edwards -- 9 percent

 Richardson -- 9 percent
undecided -- 16 percent

WHDH-TV/Suffolk University poll of 500 likely New Hampshire voters released on June 27, 2007 with a margin of error of +/-4%.

Below is a list of Latinos endorsing Governor Bill Richardson for President:

Members of Congress

Congressman Silvestre Reyes, TX

 Congressman Ed Pastor, AZ

 Congressman Solomon Ortiz, TX

Presidential Appointees

Henry Cisneros, Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Clinton Administration

 Mickey Ibarra, Former Director of White House Intergovernmental Affairs, Clinton Administration

 Ed Romero, Former Ambassador to Spain, Clinton Administration & Richardson for President National Finance Chair

 Rick Hernandez, Deputy Assistant to President Clinton

 Ana "Cha" Guzman, Educator and Businesswoman, Chair of President Clinton's White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, President of Palo Alto College


Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County Supervisor

 Tony Cardenas, City Councilman, City of Los Angeles

 Lou Correa, State Senator, Santa Ana

 Gilbert Cedillo, State Senator, Los Angeles

 Denise Mareno-Ducheny, State Senator, San Diego

 Joe Coto, Assembly Member, San Jose

 Marsha Ramos, Mayor of Burbank

 Sal Tiuajero, City Councilman, Santa Clara

 Michele Martinez, Councilwoman, Santa Ana

 Martha M. Escutia, former State Senator, Chair of Latino Caucus

 Lori Saldana, Assembly Member, San Diego

 Luis Aguinaga, Councilman, Aguinaga El Monte

 Robert Fuentes, Basset School Board

 Felipe E. Agredano (MTS), President Garvey Board of Education

 Irene Redondo-Churchward, Executive Director Spiritt Family Services

 Christopher Robles, CDP Executive Board Member Region 6 Vice Chair


Pete Gallego, TX State Representative, Chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus

 Rick Noreiga, TX State Representative

 Domingo Garcia, Former Dallas City Councilor

 JD Salinas III, Hidalgo City Judge

 Tony Villarreal, Mayor of Ft. Stockton

 Gil Coronado, Retired Colonel

 Ygnacio D. "Nacho" Garza, Former Mayor of Brownsville

 Sylvia Romo, Bexar City Tax Assessor & Former State Representative

 Frank Santos, President of Santos Alliances

 Gilberto Ocanas, Businessman and Democratic Activist

 Rolando Rios, Attorney and Businessman


Sam Zamarripa, Former Georgia State Senator

 Virgilio Perez Pascoe, Executive Fellow at Center for Hispanic Studies, Kennesaw State


Steve Gallardo, State House Representative, House Minority Whip, Phoenix

 David Lujan, State House Representative, Phoenix

 John Laredo, Former Minority Leader

 Mr. Ronnie Lopez, Former Chief of Staff to Governor Bruce Babbitt

New Hampshire

Lily Mesa, State House Representative, Manchester

 Carlos Gonzalez, Former State Representative, Manchester

 Jose Parra, Goffstown

 Sonia Parra, Goffstown

 Diane Padilla, Weare

 Anna Lopez, Manchester

 Eva Castillo, Manchester

 Fernando Hilarion, Manchester

 Erlyn Martinez, Manchester

 Angel Colon, Manchester

 Cesar Fernandez, Manchester

 Pete Escalera, Manchester

 Margarita Fernandez-Letkowski, Manchester

 Rodrigo Mena, Nashua

 Juan Carlos Munoz, Nashua

 Gustavo Moral, Bedford

 Ernesto Sagas, Manchester

 Ron Abramson, Concord

New Mexico

Toney Anaya, Former Governor

 Jerry Apodaca, Former Governor

 Roberto Mondragon, Former Lieutenant Governor

 Mary Herrera, New Mexico Secretary of State and NALEO Board Member

 Ben Lujan, New Mexico Speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives

 Ben D. Altamirano, New Mexico State Senate Pro Tempore

 Marty Chavez, Mayor of Albuquerque

 Hector Balderas, New Mexico State Auditor

 Mary Jane M. Garcia, State Senator, Majority Whip

 Phil A. Griego, State Senator

 Richard C. Martinez, State Senator

 Pete Campos, State Senator

 Jose A. Campos, State Representative

 Mary Helen Garcia, State Representative

 Ken Martinez, State Representative

 Antonio "Moe" Maestas, State Representative

 Al Park, State Representative

 Edward Sandoval, State Representative

 Nick L. Salazar, State Representative

 Jim R. Trujillo, State Representative

 Ben Ray Lujan, Chair of Public Regulation Commission

 Jim Baca, Former Mayor of Albuquerque, Former Director of the National Bureau of Land Management, Clinton Administration

 Joseph Maestas, Mayor of Española

 Henry Sanchez, Mayor of Las Vegas

 Annadelle Sanchez, New Mexico Democratic Party Vice Chair / DNC Member

 Virginia Vigil, Santa Fe City Commissioner

 Valerie Espinoza, Santa Fe County Clerk

 Harry Montoya, Santa Fe County Commissioner

 Patsy Trujillo, Deputy Cabinet Secretary / Former State Representative

 Don Francisco Trujillo II, Deputy Secretary of State and NALEO Board Member

South Carolina

Diana Salazar, Community Activist


Margarita Prentice, State Senator, Chair of Ways & Means Committee


Ross Romero, State Senator


Reynaldo Martinez, Nevada Campaign Chairman and Former Chief of Staff to Senator Reid

 Carlos Blumberg, Attorney-at-Law

 John F. Mendoza, Retired Judge/Community Leader

 Luisa Mendoza, Entrepreneur/Community Leader

 Holly Johnson-Troncoso, Community Leader, Education Leader

 Jose G. Troncoso, Former U.S. Marshal/Community Leader

 Dr. Agustin Orci, Educational Leader

 Xavier Rivas, Community Activist/Radio Talk Personality

 Rosemary Flores, Community Leader

 Dr. Raquel Casas, Community Leader

 Alejandro Alvarez, Entrepreneur/Community Leader

 Gus Ramos, Community Leader/Seniors Advocate

 Dr. Letitia Medina Worth, Education Leader

 Horacio Lopez, Entrepreneur/Community Leader

 George T. Lopez, Entrepreneur/Community Leader

 Robert Agonia, Retired IRS Agent/Community Leader

 Sylvia Lazos, Professor of Law, University of Nevada-Las Vegas/Community Leader

 Michael Pariente, Attorney-at-Law, Pariente Law Firm

 Larry Mason, Board of School Trustee,Clark County School District

 Dr. Emma Guzman Professor, University of Nevada-Reno/Community Activist

 Alma Garcia-Vining , Education Leader/University of Nevada-Las Vegas

 Eva Garcia-Mendoza, Attorney-at-Law, Mendoza-Snavely Law Firm

 Luis Valera, Community Leader

 Francisco Aguilar, Associate General Counsel, Southwest Gas/Community Leader

 Eloiza Martinez, Immediate Past President, Latin Chamber of Commerce

 Elizabeth Gallagher, Community & National Leader/Vice-Chair, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

 Susie Martinez, Community Leader/Assistant to Mayor Pro Tem

 Felipe Ortiz, Immediate Past President, National Latino Peace Officers Association

 Peter Guzman, Entrepreneur/Community Leader

 Gabriela Wyett, Bank Administrator/Political Organization Leader

 Rudy Prieto, CEO, Colony Resorts/Las Vegas Hilton

 Daniel Medrano, Labor Leader

Senior Advisors & Senior Campaign Staff

Mike Stratton, Senior Advisor

 Andre Pineda, Pollster

 Ben Chao, National Deputy Political Director

 Dan Sena, National Field Director

 Tara Geise, Chief Financial Officer

 Carlos Trujillo, Western States Political Director

 Michelle Mayorga, Mid Western States Political Director/Florida Political Director

 David Negrete, Iowa Political Director

 Ed Espinosa, Nevada Field Director

 Alexandra Sanchez, Deputy Research Director

 Javier Trujillo, NV Political Director

 Fernando Romero, NV Hispanic Outreach

 Joaquin Guerra, Internet/Web

Bill Richardson, Press Release - New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's Political Momentum Continues to Build in the Latino Community Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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