Burt for N.M. Senate, Dist. 33

November 2, 2012 • Editorial

This newly restructured district is the child of the districts held by state Sens. Rod Adair of Roswell and William Burt of Alamogordo. Adair withdrew from the Republican primary election leaving Burt to square off against Democrat Stephanie L. Dubois of Tularosa.

We’ve begun to familiarize ourselves with Burt during this campaign cycle and have been mostly pleased by what we’ve learned. We’re familiar with Dubois from her previous efforts to run for office and she seems a capable woman.

As we haven’t had as much interaction with these individuals compared to other area candidates we can only speak in broad strokes regarding their qualifications. With that said, we belive Burt is the stronger candidate. He’s had some experience as a legislator and we view his conservative platform favorably.

Burt’s priorities include such areas as education, veterans, [auth] open government, lower taxes for families and small businesses and economic development for rural areas.

He is a founding member of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission and it’s clear he will do all he can to ensure the future of Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range. While Chaves County now only represents a modest portion of District 33, we hope voters here will show their support for Burt.

The Daily Record endorses William Burt for New Mexico Senate, District 33.

Ezzell for N.M. House, Dist. 58

We’ve known Candy Spence Ezzell, Republican, and Pablo Martinez, Democrat, for years and hold both of them in the highest regard. It’s unfortunate they are in the same legislative district because we’d be pleased to have both of them representing us in Santa Fe.

Ezzell has been a no-nonsense legislator and a strong advocate for the agriculture industry and rural residents. With a little more seniority in the House, she’ll be a force to be reckoned with.

Martinez comes out of Dexter, so we’d expect him to also be a strong voice for small communities. Given his years of experience in the education sector, he’d be a valuable asset as our state works to improve its school systems.

District 58 would be well served by either of these individuals, but given we’re only allowed to select one person, we support Ezzell. The agriculture industry is important to our local economy and needs all the support it can get. Ezzell’s time in office also means she’s developed an important understanding of how to function efficiently in the Legislature.

The Daily Record endorses Candy Spence Ezzell for New Mexico House of Representatives, District 58.

Corn for Chaves County
Commission, Dist. 4

We’ve known Robert Corn for years and have been impressed by his intelligence, dedication and civic responsibility. Much of our opinion of him is based on his service as a Magistrate Court judge, but we continue to see him out and about in the community. Corn would be a great addition to the County Commission.

We can’t say we are familiar with Magil Duran and what little we know we’ve learned during the campaign. He appears to have some good ideas to improve the county. However, Corn’s background and knowledge of the issues facing our area make him the better candidate.

The Daily Record endorses Robert Corn for Chaves County Commission, District 4.

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