First gubernatorial debate to focus on education

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By The Staff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's gubernatorial candidates will face plenty of questions about education when they meet in their first debate in the general election campaign.

Democrat Diane Denish and Republican Susana Martinez are vying to become the state's first female governor.

The debate is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in Albuquerque at Eldorado High School. Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks is the moderator.

The debate is to focus on education, which accounts for not quite half of spending in the state budget.

Radio station, KANW-FM, is broadcasting the debate live.

Denish has served as lieutenant governor since 2003. Martinez has been district attorney in Dona Ana County since 1997, and is the nation's first Hispanic woman nominated for governor.