Republican James Townsend easily defeated fellow Republican Pam Richardson Tuesday for the GOP nomination for the District 54 seat in the New Mexico House of Representatives.
District-wide, Townsend received 900 votes, or 70.4 percent of ballots cast, while Richardson received 378, or 29.6 percent.
In Chaves County, Townsend, of Artesia, received 37 votes, while Richardson, of Lake Arthur, garnered 26.
Townsend is unopposed in November’s general election.
Incumbent William “Bill” Gray, R-Artesia, is not seeking re-election. Gray, first elected in 2006, ran unopposed in 2012 in both the Republican primary and general election.
House District 54 is a massive district, stretching east from Alamogordo to Artesia and Carlsbad. It entails portions of Chaves, Eddy and Otero counties, including the southwest leg and southern sliver of Chaves County.