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GOP speech puts NM governor in national spotlight

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By BARRY MASSEY
Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez plans to use her debut on the national political stage to offer a message of hope and opportunity, describing how she rose from modest roots in a border community to become the nation's first female Hispanic governor.

A Martinez aide previewed the theme of the speech the governor is to deliver Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Martinez grew up in El Paso. Her father served as a deputy sheriff and later started a private security business. While Martinez was still in high school, she became certified to carry a firearm and helped out as security guard in the family business.

Martinez was elected governor in 2010, after serving as district attorney in Dona Ana County.

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