He was 88.
He served in the legislature from 1951 into the late 60s. He left the State Senate as Majority Leader in 1968.
Chavez was the 1968 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, but lost to David Cargo by a narrow margin.
I first photographed him while I was in High School and he gave his stump speech, Cargo also spoke a different day.
I covered Democratic Party Candidate for Vice President, Maine Senator Ed Muskie’s airport campaign stop at the Albuquerque International Sunport, October 5, 1968. Muskie sat on the platform with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fabian Chavez.
Chavez ran for Congress against first-term Rep. Manuel Lujan Jr. in 1970.
In the top photo, Chavez is giving his stump speech during his run for the U.S. House of Representatives to the Albuquerque Press Club.
He lost to Lujan 59 – 41.