Legislators re-elected to caucus positions

CNJ staff Two local Republican legislators were re-elected to their caucus positions Saturday, according to information from the House Republican Caucus. Keith Gardner of District 66 was re-elected as Republican whip, and Anna Crook of District 64 was again chosen as caucus chairwoman. The House Republican Caucus held the leadership elections Saturday at the Albuquerque […]

Don’t expect downsizing of government

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico residents who fear the Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives will mean a loss of benefits probably needn’t worry. Despite all the rhetoric to that effect, the Grand Old Party traditionally has shown a grand old habit for maintaining and even expanding services — and debt — […]

Candidate profiles: De Baca County

CNJ staff There are three contested De Baca County positions up for grabs in the Nov. 2 general election. The race for magistrate judge in De Baca County is between incumbent Republican Buddy Hall, who has held the office for 16 years, and Democrat Rosalie Joiner. Vying for probate judge are Republican John P. Wooton, […]

Candidate profiles: Magistrate judge

Liliana Castillo Curry County still has two magistrate court judges. But this election, voters will only have a chance to vote for the one that lives in their division. County commissioners, under court order to adopt an ordinance dividing magistrate elections into two divisions created on the basis of racial demographics, approved the change last […]

Candidate profiles: Land Commission

Liliana Castillo The race for state land commissioner pits a veteran against a newcomer, both counting on voters’ thirst for change. Specifically, a change to transparency. Democrat Ray Powell of Albuquerque, 60, had the job from 1993 to 2003. Republican Matt Rush of Portales, 36, is new to politics. Current Land Commissioner Republican Patrick Lyons […]

Lyons takes PRC spot for Republicans

CNJ staff Clovis native and Public Lands Commissioner Patrick Lyons prevailed Tuesday, sweeping 60 percent of the votes and gaining the Republican nomination for Public Regulations Commissioner, District 2. With a count of 15,172-9,900, Lyons had a lead of 5,272 votes over opponent Robert Corn. In the November general election, Lyons faces Stephanie L. Dubois, […]

Matt Rush wins Republican land commissioner nomination

Roosevelt County farmer and cattle rancher Matthew Rush on Tuesday won the nomination in the Republican primary for land commissioner — a position among the most powerful in New Mexico state government. Rush defeated former Bernalillo County GOP executive director Bob Cornelius. Unofficial returns showed Rush with nearly 66 percent of the votes with 65 […]

Kevin Duncan wins Republican probate judge slot

CNJ staff Kevin Duncan won the Republican slot for Curry County Probate Judge on Tuesday and will now finish his race unopposed. Incumbent Duncan edged Ribble Holloman with a 1,604-1,447 final count — a 5.14 percent lead. Duncan said he’s not sure what made the difference for him in the primary. “I knew it was […]

Final unofficial primary election results

Curry County Precincts Reporting: 37 of 37 Magistrate judge District 1 Democrat • Johnny Chavez — 428 Republican • Duane K. Castleberry — 646

Republican lieutenant governor candidates participating in forum

CNJ staff All three Republican candidates for lieutenant governor are participating in a forum Thursday in Clovis organized by the High Plains Patriots. President Kim Runyan said candidates John Sanchez, Kent Cravens and Brian Moore will be at the organization’s 7 p.m. meeting at the Masters Centre conference room. A candidate forum will follow the […]