Governor Race Gone Awry
Damron announced his candidacy for Governor in October 2005. In April 2006, Damron's wife, Barbara, was reportedly forced off the board of directors for Santa Fe’s St. Vincent Hospital, under threat that Governor Bill Richardson would veto funds for the hospital, because her husband was running for Governor against Richardson.
Having won the primary election fairly, on June 17, 2006 he was pushed out of that position by the chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party, Allen Weh. John Dendahl, former party chairman, was appointed to run for governor as the Republican candidate. That was, although he had not received any votes to represent Republicans in New Mexico during the primary. Democrat Bill Richardson went on to win the general election for Governor of New Mexico in November 2006.
Post-Gubernatorial Race Life
- Election 2006 Web Archive Collection. "J.R. Damron for Governor". Archived campaign information stored with the Library of Congress. Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
- "Dr. J. R. Damron, Board Member.New Mexico Coalition for Literacy". ZoomInfo. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
- Jones, Jeff (June 20, 2006). "Damron Says Choice to Quit Was His". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
- Election 2006 Web Archive Collection (13 April 2006). "Forced Resignation of Damron's Wife Made Public". Library of Congress Archives. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
- "AmericaVotes 2006 State Races » New Mexico". CNN.com. 2007. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
- "New health exchange board leader calls task 'Herculean'". Albuquerque Business First. 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2015.