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December 21, 2014

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Political residue finds a home

Even after some of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's campaign staffers leave Las Vegas, the chairs, tables and other office supplies from his campaign offices will stay here to serve another cause.

The furniture and other goods will go to Olive Crest, a nonprofit that aims to prevent child abuse and ensure that children are living in a loving home.

Richardson, who dropped out of the Democratic presidential nomination race Thursday, asked campaign staffers in Nevada and elsewhere to donate usable supplies to charity, said Roberta Lange, state director for Richardson's campaign in Nevada.

"It's just what he's about," Lange said.

Olive Crest will put the Richardson goods to use in a family center to open next month by West Sahara Avenue and South Jones Boulevard, said Olive Crest program director Jennifer Bevacqua.

Staff at the new center will help families access mental health care, housing and other services.

"Being able to have a place to bring families together — and having some equipment to do that ‹ is very helpful," Bevacqua said.

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