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Heated words fly at Candidate Forum

October 24, 2012 • Local News


From left, State Senate District 32 candidates Tim Jennings and Cliff Pirtle participate in the Candidate Forum at First Baptist Church of Roswell, Tuesday night. Noah Vernau Photo

With just two weeks to go before Election Day, New Mexico citizens had the opportunity to get a clearer picture of what their local candidates stand for during the Candidate Forum, Tuesday, at First Baptist Church. The forum was presented by Leadership Roswell Alumni Association and Roswell Daily Record, and was the 30th forum in 16 years.

Sen. Tim Jennings, D-Roswell, and Cliff Pirtle, his Republican challenger, wasted little time showing why their race for State Senate District 32 has been a contentious one.

When asked if the Legislature provides enough information regarding activities to the public and how to improve the practice of open government, Jennings said that if you let the executive branch into all the inner-workings of the Legislature, then the executive branch should be opened up as well.

“Shouldn’t we be allowed to see the same things that have happened in the executive branch?” Jennings said. “Why do they do theirs in secret? Why do Login to read more

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3 Responses to Heated words fly at Candidate Forum

  1. murphy says:

    It’s time to replace some of these career politicians.

  2. JT says:

    If we are going to replace “these career politicians”, let’s at least find someone with a few ounces of qualification to do so.

  3. grayfox says:

    Pirtle is not being honest about how much money is being spent on his campaign. He is skirting the issue. When prominent Republicans, such as former Chairmen of the R party Harvey Yates, are supporting Jennings you know there is a problem with Pirtle.

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