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GOPAC names Rep. Gallegos to Emerging Leaders Program

GOPAC names Rep. Gallegos to Emerging Leaders Program

Original article in the NM Telegram – Written by

A PAC dedicated to helping conservative Republicans to run for higher office named a New Mexico state representative to its list of Emerging Leaders.

The PAC listed Rep. David Gallegos, R-Eunice, as one of its Emerging Leaders in a press release on Tuesday. Gallegos was one of 21 state legislators named to the program.

Gallegos was first elected to the New Mexico State House in 2012 and faces no primary or Democratic opponent in his reelection bid.

“Our Emerging Leaders program is a yearlong initiative to coach and develop promising state legislators on how to be effective legislative and political leaders,” said GOPAC chairman Frank Donatelli. “With the 2014 Class showing a strong commitment to ideas leading to more private sector jobs and more effective government at lower costs, we look forward to assisting them with leadership training, policy seminars and interactive discussions at our Annual Emerging Leaders Summit.”

Gallegos was the only New Mexico legislator named to the GOPAC Emerging Leaders program in 2014.

He will be invited to the GOPAC Emerging Leaders Summit which is being held in New York City this year in May.

In order to be named to the program, Gallegos had to be nominated by a member of the GOPAC Legislative Leaders Advisory Board. House Minority Whip Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, sits on the board and also sat on the board last year.

Last year, GOPAC named Monica Youngblood, R-Albuquerque, to the program.

According to the group, it “has proven success at building a healthy roster of prepared, tested Republican leaders ready to run for higher office.”

This could mean that Gallegos and Youngblood are two Republicans to watch for a run at higher office at some point in the future.

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