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Keller Wins New Mexico State Auditor Race

Nov 5, 2014

Democrat state Sen. Timothy Keller has been elected New Mexico state auditor.

Keller defeated Republican lawyer Robert Aragon on Tuesday in a race that centered on how the auditor's office should monitor government waste.

The Harvard Business School-educated Keller, currently the Senate majority whip, said he would work to uncover an estimated $900 million of unspent public money and redirect it to state programs. The 36-year-old also vowed to "shine the light" on billions of dollars lost in various tax breaks.

Aragon, a former Democrat and state lawmaker, had said the state was locked in a "culture of corruption" and promised to examine various state settlements. He was especially critical of a recent settlement between former Albuquerque Superintendent Winston Brooks and the school district.