Martinez, Lujan Grisham discuss transition, historical significance of election victories | KOB 4

Martinez, Lujan Grisham discuss transition, historical significance of election victories

Joy Wang
November 09, 2018 05:20 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Governor Susana Martinez met with Governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham Friday.


The women, from different political parties, said they did not want to talk about politics in their first meeting. Instead, they said they wanted to make sure the transition process goes smoothly.

‘We hope that the signal that we met quickly together, that the call I received on election night, should be a signal to New Mexicans that we're not working against each other,” said Lujan Grisham. “We are very clear that state government serves New Mexicans. We have a real opportunity to actually show the entire country how productive the transition can be.”

Governor Martinez echoed that sentiment, saying she looks forward to working with Governor-elect Lujan Grisham.

“I think it's really a time right now to speak about success and talk about what is best for New Mexicans,” Martinez said. “I think there will be plenty of time later to talk about politics, but I think what we need to really work on is working together.”

Governor Martinez and Governor-elect Lujan Grisham recognized the historical significance of their successes.

“It is a momentous day when two Latino women are able to stand together, having been elected to the highest office of this wonderful state,” Martinez said. “It is long overdue that we have a great representation of Hispanic women in elected office right here in New Mexico.”

The pair met for two hours, discussing everything from security detail, staffing, access to budget information and equality.

“We're incredibly proud of that and we’re incredibly proud of New Mexicans who put their faith in two women and understand the benefit to making sure we erase gender issues in this state,” Lujan Grisham said. “We're clear about the effective leadership that can occur and will occur in the future.”


Joy Wang

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