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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
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.