July 26, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Charmaine Jackson-John
Public Information Officer
(505) 476-0393

Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. García to Speak at
2004 Democratic National Convention

Santa Fe—Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. García today announced that she has been invited to speak at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. She is scheduled to speak on Thursday, July 29 at 2:24 pm (MST). Dr. García made the following remarks about her speaking engagement.

“I consider it a great honor to speak at the Democratic National Convention. It is a privilege to represent New Mexico and to share my views with the nation.

I have a passion for public education and believe that access to a quality education is the key to our future.

In my message to all New Mexicans and America, I want all children in America to have their academic hopes restored – so that they can dream their dreams, and achieve their dreams.”

New Mexico has gained new prominence, thanks to Governor Bill Richardson, who is chairman of the Democratic National Convention.”

Governor Richardson, the first Hispanic Convention Chairman in the history of American politics, is committed to making sure that as many New Mexicans are highlighted during the convention as possible. Dr. García is one of several New Mexicans who have been invited to speak at the convention.

The Democratic National Convention began today and will go through Thursday when John Kerry and John Edwards will officially become the Democratic Presidential-Vice Presidential nominees.