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Nygren chooses New Mexico leader as running mate in Navajo president election

Nygren and Montoya Navajo Nation race
Buu Nygren for Navajo Nation President
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Navajo Nation presidential candidate Buu Nygren, left, and vice presidential candidate Richelle Montoya pose for a picture in Window Rock, Ariz., Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. Nygren selected Montoya as his running mate Monday.

Buu Nygren, a candidate for president of the Navajo Nation, announced he has chosen Richelle Montoya as his running mate Monday.

Nygren selected Richelle Montoya, the 45-year-old elected leader of a Navajo community in New Mexico.

Montoya was most recently elected as the Torreon/Star Lake Chapter President and is a board member of the Na’neelzhiin Ji Oltá, Inc. Nygren described her as a “proud mother” and wife in an announcement posted to Facebook Monday.

“As Vice President of the Navajo Nation, I will work tirelessly to utilize my experience, fluency, education, and drive to bring our great Nation forward under the Nygren-Montoya Administration,” Montoya said. “Together, we will create a strong Navajo Nation that supports all people through a balanced partnership that begins at the local level.”

Nygren will face incumbent President Jonathan Nez in Nov. 8 general election.