Tim Keller will run for State Auditor in 2014, not Governor

By Rob Nikolewski on May 30, 2013
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GOING FOR AUDITOR, NOT GOVERNOR: State Sen. Tim Keller has decided to run for State Auditor.

You can count state Sen. , D-Albuquerque, out as a potential rival to Gov. 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 Thursday afternoon (May 30) he’ll run for in 2014.

“I think it’s a good fit for my background,” Sen. 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 Gov. 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.”

The current State Auditor is , also a Democrat, but Balderas 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 and state Sen. .

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