Primary candidates speak out

May 15, 2014 • Local News

Candidates for sheriff, magistrate judge outline their platforms in Q&A with newspaper.


The time has come for voters in Chaves County to choose their next sheriff and Division 1 magistrate judge.

Since there are no Democrats running in the primary, the winner in both races will be determined by whoever wins in the Republican primaries on June 3.

The Roswell Daily Record asked all six candidates to respond to a set of questions [auth] prepared by our editorial staff.

The candidates graciously responded to those questions and we are publishing them today in this election preview special section. Please take the time to read about their positions on important issues like fighting crime and sentencing offenders.

Candidates for magistrate judge are Bobby Arnett and K.C. Rogers. Candidates for sheriff are Patrick Barncastle, Arthur Fleming, Gary Graves and Britt Snyder.

Though there are four candidates in the sheriff’s race, the winner will be determined by a simple majority. There will not be a runoff between the two candidates who get the most votes.

The Daily Record encourages all voters in Chaves County to go to the polls and vote.

Early voting begins Saturday and continues through May 31 at the following locations and times:

• Roswell Mall, 4501 N. Main St. May 17-31. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.

• Chaves County Clerk’s Office “Area D.” 1 St. Mary’s Place. May 17-31. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday.

• Hagerman Sheriff’s Office Substation. 7690 Wichita Road, Hagerman. May 20-29. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. Closed Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

For more information, call the County Clerk’s Office at 624-6614 or email

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