Newcomer Webber running for governor

Posted at: 10/28/2013 6:44 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A political newcomer is jumping into the race for governor.  Alan Webber announced his candidacy Monday morning.

Webber is a deep-pockets progressive Democrat from Santa Fe with a terrific resume in business.  He was born in St. Louis 65 years ago and holds a BA from Amherst. His career took him to Washington DC, Boston, and Portland, Oregon.  He moved to Santa Fe ten years ago. Webber is married, with two grown kids.

“My skills come from starting and running a business,” Webber said.  “They come from working with some of the most interesting and innovative people in America, from growing an entrepreneurial startup.”

That would be “Fast Company” magazine, a business journal Webber co-founded and eventually sold for $365 million. Before that venture, he was editorial director of the Harvard Business Review.

There are already three Democrats running for the party’s nomination for governor. State Senator Howie Morales of Silver City jumped in the race just last week, joining his fellow Senate member Linda Lopez of Albuquerque and state Attorney General Gary King. Webber says he’s an outsider who can deliver.

“Our state is in serious trouble,” Webber said. “We’re dealing with a lack of jobs. We’re dealing with schools that don’t produce the kind of education our kids need. I feel like it’s time to get in and try to make a difference.”

Gov. Susana Martinez faces no opposition so far for the Republican nomination.