Sheriff candidates speak at CCRW luncheon

April 16, 2014 • Local News

From left: Chaves County sheriff Republican candidates Gary Graves, Art Fleming, Britt Snyder and Pat Barncastle spoke at the Chaves County Republican Women’s luncheon Wednesday. (Jill McLaughlin Photo)

Protecting county citizens and their constitutional rights against federal infringement was a hot topic posed Wednesday to the four candidates running for sheriff at the Chaves County Republican Women’s Luncheon.

All four candidates are Republican and will face off in the primary to be held June 3.

Luncheon attendees heard speeches and asked questions of Gary Graves, former De Baca County sheriff; Art Fleming, a veteran New Mexico Mounted patrolman and gas utility employee; Chief Deputy Britt Snyder; and District Attorney lead investigator Pat Barncastle.

The topic of protecting the county’s citizens from federal overreach came up several times. Fleming first brought up the topic when he talked about his belief about protecting Second Amendment rights.

“What’s coming with the prairie chickens and with the federal government trying to impose their thoughts on what we need in Chaves County… We believe in the right to have our guns,” Fleming said. “Those are our constitutional rights. They are tools and we’ve always seen them as tools. Nothing more, nothing less.”

Fleming said the county needed Login to read more

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