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Richardson Wins

Richardson WinsTufts graduate Bill Richardson earns 58 percent of the vote to become the new Governor of New Mexico. Albuquerque, N.M.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [11.06.02] Bill Richardson hardly needs another title to add to his resume. As a longtime U.S. congressman, a former ambassador to the United Nations, and President Clinton's Secretary of Energy, he has already amassed an impressive political career. But when the polls closed on Tuesday, the Tufts graduate accomplished yet another achievement yesterday: he was elected Governor of New Mexico.

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"It's a rare gubernatorial candidate who touts his candidacy by saying he's negotiated face-to-face with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein," reported the Associated Press.

But with a handy win of 58 percent, it appears Bill Richardson's national and international experience was exactly what New Mexican voters were looking for.

"Richardson got ‘the lion's share' of Democratic votes and about 20 percent of Republican votes," reported the Albuquerque Journal

It's a sign, says Richardson, that people want change.

"I believe this huge vote is a message to the New Mexico Legislature that we have to work together to improve the lives of New Mexicans," the Tufts graduate told reporters.

The Governor-elect - who spent much of his campaign holding news conferences he called "roll-outs" on issues such as taxes, education, crime, and the environment -- says he will use the strong voter support he received at the polls to help push his agenda.

"Tonight's landslide vote was a mandate for change, for our agenda of tax reductions and economic growth, of health-care reform, education reform and for a statewide water plan," Richardson said.

The Tufts graduate -- who earned an undergraduate degree and a Masters Degree in Law and Diplomacy from the University -- also plans to focus on economic development and job creation in the state.

"As governor I will be on the side of ordinary New Mexicans and I will work every hour of every day to make a difference in the lives of our people," the Governor-elect said in a victory speech.

Born in Pasadena, Calif., and raised in Mexico City, Richardson will be the first Hispanic governor in the U.S. since 1986.

But for Richardson there is no time to reflect upon his accomplishment. The Tufts graduate -- who the Associated Press described as "a roving international Mr. Fix-It for the Clinton administration" - is eager to begin working for the state of New Mexico.

"We're going to get started immediately," Richardson said. "No vacation."

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