Events announced for Lujan Grisham’s inauguration

December 15, 2018

Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham will deliver her first speech as governor at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center on New Year’s Day.

The change in venue from the Santa Fe Plaza likely will be welcomed by anyone who endured the frigid temperatures of outgoing Gov. Susana Martinez’s inauguration eight years ago.

But some traditions will remain.

For example, Lujan Grisham’s inaugural committee said, the day’s ceremonies will begin with a 9 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

Doors at the convention center also will open at 9 a.m., with entertainment set to begin at 9:30.

The inaugural ceremony is scheduled to start at noon. The event is free and open to the public, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Two balls are planned from 8 p.m. to midnight — one at the convention center with tickets selling for $100 each and another at the Eldorado Hotel with tickets costing $500 apiece.

The theme of the day: “Imagine a Thriving New Mexico.”

The governor-elect’s inaugural committee said in an announcement that the slogan is meant to highlight Lujan Grisham’s top priorities of education and economic development.

The event also might be an opportunity to highlight transparency.

Fundraising and spending by governors’ inaugural committees have long raised questions. Some inaugural committees have used money generated to pay off campaign debts.

Martinez’s inaugural committee has disclosed its donors but not its spending.

The governor-elect has said she will be open about her inaugural committee’s fundraising and spending.

Caroline Buerkle, chairwoman of Lujan Grisham’s inaugural committee, said it will publish a finance report online in mid-January.

For more information about the events, call 575-224-3153 or visit mlginauguration.com.

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