Chaves County candidates file for primary

March 11, 2014 • Local News

Will Cavin, a Republican, is running unopposed for County Commission Dist. 5. Commissioner Greg Nibert, right, cannot run for a third term due to term limits. (Jill McLaughlin Photo)

County candidates officially filed for primary election Tuesday, with 13 filing for office. But at the end of the day, only three races will be contested.

Commissioner James Duffey, a Republican, again will face Eloy Ortega in District 1. Four years ago, Duffey narrowly defeated Ortega, a retired building contractor and Roswell Independent School District board member.

“I’ll have a tough race again this time,” Duffey said. “I’m looking forward to the campaign.”

Duffey planned to begin knocking on doors to meet constituents, he said.

As chairman of the commission, Duffey continues to work on several issues. He is involved with fighting for county rights in issues regarding the lesser prairie chicken, and hopes to continue construction progress with the Chaves County Detention Center that has proceeded on time and within budget.

Water issues, agriculture, development at the air base, and oil and gas development are central to Duffey’s work on the commission and his campaign, he said.

Jobs creation remains the main focus, though, he said.

“Jobs are still the most important thing in our county,” Duffey said. “We need to create more jobs. There are lots of opportunity to grow, expand and utilize the industry we have. Hopefully, we can keep expanding business. We’re Login to read more

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