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Will Kilmer take on Denish?

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By The Staff

By JAY MILLER

Syndicated Columnist

SANTA FE -- The time has come for serious candidates to begin making public announcements about their intentions to run for office.

For incumbents, that's relatively easy. Put out the word you plan to run again and make sure your previous supporters are still with you.

But for non-incumbents, there is much to be done. Supporters must be lined up before another candidate grabs them. Fundraising must start before donors get tapped out.

Most importantly, candidates must get their name out before potential voters. Some candidates already have started doing that. In this and some future columns, we'll begin reviewing the races for you.

There will be no U.S. Senate contest this year so the governors' race will be at the top of the statewide ballot.

First among likely Democratic gubernatorial candidates is Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, who has let her intentions about that office be known for years. She has been raising money for some time and reports to the public more often than is required by state law.

It's not a bad way to let voters know you're serious and it might make some potential opponents check their hole cards. At this point, Denish has raised almost $2 million.


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