Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Gov. to Lead Democratic Forum.(Final)

Byline: Loie Fecteau Journal Politics Writer

Ariz. Event Looks At Hispanic Issues

SANTA FE -- Gov. Bill Richardson has been tapped to lead a forum next weekend in Phoenix for six of the 2004 Democratic presidential candidates on issues of importance to Hispanics.

"I'm going to be the moderator," Richardson said Friday in an interview. The June 28 forum is being sponsored by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, or NALEO, in cooperation with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Richardson, the first Hispanic to be elected governor in the nation since 1986, was a natural choice to moderate the forum, said Arturo Vargas, NALEO's executive director. …

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