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Washington, D.C. — Responding to Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján’s announcement that he’s running for the United States Senate in New Mexico, Latino Victory Fund Interim President Melissa Mark-Viverito issued the following statement:

“Latino Victory Fund is encouraged by Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján’s decision to run for the United States Senate in New Mexico. We deliberately launched the ‘Run, Ben Ray, Run!’ draft campaign because Luján has been a strong advocate for the people of New Mexico and the Latino community across the country — making him the best candidate for this Senate seat. His decision to run is a critical opportunity to increase Latino representation in our government’s highest chamber. Luján’s unparalleled experience and bold progressive leadership is exactly what the United States Senate needs right now.”

Last week, Latino Victory Fund announced a new digital campaign —  “RunBenRayRun.com” — a website that helped recruit Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján to run for the United States Senate in New Mexico. The campaign focused on building grassroots support for a Ben Ray Luján for Senate campaign.