Ex-Lujan Grisham official leaving state position

Jan. 24—The deputy director of the state Regulation and Licensing Department is leaving the administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to pursue new opportunities.

Victor Reyes, who previously served as the governor's legislative director, took a leave of absence in July to work on Lujan Grisham's reelection campaign. He subsequently served as co-chair of the governor's inaugural committee.

The Governor's Office wrote in a news release Tuesday that Reyes was an original member of the Lujan Grisham's administration.

Lujan Grisham said in a statement she was "exceedingly lucky" to have had Reyes as an integral part of her team.

"His knowledge of state government and intimate understanding of New Mexico communities makes him an invaluable asset to any cause, and I can't wait to see what he accomplishes next," she said of Reyes, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for the 1st Congressional District during a special election in 2021.

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