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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rodefer Announces Candidacy for State Senate District 9

Ben_Rodefer_for_State_SenateOn February 28, 2012, Ben Rodefer announced his candidacy to represent Senate District 9 in the New Mexico State Legislature. He will face incumbent John Sapien in the June 5, 2012 primary election.

Rodefer, a Democrat, served the area as State Representative from 2008-2010. During that period, he led the successful charge to block a $400 million taxpayer giveaway to bankrupt California developers Suncal. Rodefer also fought to increase clean energy jobs and to close the loophole in New Mexico’s tax code that allows out-of- state corporations to get out of paying the same state taxes that New Mexico companies pay.

Supporter George Franzen stated, “As a retired Brigadier General, I have really pushed Ben to serve New Mexico in the State Senate. The cornerstone of my career was integrity. Integrity is the foundation of all human relationships. We need more leaders of integrity like Ben, leaders who will serve the public’s best interests, not corporate and private ones. I’m proud to be a soldier for Ben in this important campaign.”

Rodefer stated, “I am humbled by the many community leaders who have asked me to serve this district again. I look forward to a spirited campaign with Senator Sapien. Elections are about choices, and I think there is a clear choice for voters to make this year.”

Rodefer was raised in the district, attending Sandoval Elementary and Cibola High School. He is the proud father of two and a small business owner. Rodefer is President of the New Mexico Renewable Energy Industries Association and was awarded the 2009 Earl Nunn Memorial Award for Advocacy for Public Education in New Mexico.

February 29, 2012 at 11:45 AM in 2012 Legislature Races, Candidates & Races | Permalink