Gov. Martinez announces re-election staff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says veteran political staffer Melissa Sousa will serve as her re-election campaign manager.

Sousa was campaign manager for Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry’s re-election last year, and was national voter contact director for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.

The Republican governor announced Friday that Jessica Perez is fundraising director. Edith Jorge is political director in charge of grassroots organizing, and Chris Sanchez is communications director.

Perez has been finance director for over two years. Jorge was director of Hispanic outreach in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election last year.

Sanchez recently has been Higher Education Department spokesman and he’s worked in several campaigns, including as communications director for Heather Wilson’s 2012 U.S. Senate bid.

Jay McCleskey will continue as the governor’s political strategist. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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