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GALLUP — State Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City, made a campaign stop in Gal- lup Thursday for his bid for the lieutenant governor position and spoke about his commit- ment to education and helping a state government that he said has been lacking for the past eight years.

An educator by trade, Mo- rales graduated from Western New Mexico University with a bachelor’s of science, from Western New Mexico Univer- sity with his M.A. in bilingual special education and from New Mexico State University with his his Ph.D. in curricu- lum and instruction. He served as the Grant County Clerk from 2005 to 2008 and since 2009 has been a member of the Senate. In that same time he has also been a member of

the Legislative Finance com- mittee, which brought him to Gallup this week.

He said in an interview Thursday that he has the ex- perience and knowledge nec- essary to step right into the lieutenant governor position without needing on the job training.

“Experience is key when it comes to this position. Other candidates will have some ex- perience, but I am the only one who has served in the senate. I know the decorum, and how to run it,” Morales said.

The lieutenant governor also serves as the President of the State Senate.

Morales also said he has what it takes to create real ac- tion and provide leadership for the state, something he said has been lacking under the current administration.

“They never were able to shift out of campaign mode and into leadership, and that’s

something we’ll have no prob- lem with,” Morales said.

While he said education will be his primary goal, he also will focus on health care issues as well as state nances. Currently, Morales sits on the Legislative Finance Commit- tee, and says the experience he has gained in that position will also help him as lieutenant governor.

On the topic of gubernato- rial candidates, Morales said he currently does not have a favorite. He said he has a good relationship with all of the candidates and would love to work with any of them.

“The most important part is we work together,” Morales said.

Morales will appear on the June 5 primary ballot along with opponents Doña Ana County Commissioner Billy Garrett, D-Las Cruces, and former New Mexico State Rep. Rick Miera, D-Albuquerque.