Residents identify election issues

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer

With just three days left until the general election, some Portales residents are sharpening their opinions and focusing on the issues they care about most.

Dusty McKee cited the war on terror and the economy as the two biggest issues important to him. McKee and his family are visiting Portales from Artesia.

“We need to make sure we get the right president during these tough times,” McKee said.

McKee said he likes Republican candidate John McCain’s experience as well as his military service.

“That’s important,” McKee said. “That has a lot do with it. I think you have to have been there to know how to (use the military).”

Portales resident Nico Cameron is a retired teacher and a member of the National Education Association. She’s already voted, and her number one issue was education, though she said she also cares about the economy and the war in Iraq.

“Education, as I’ve always said, is my number one issue. We need some change,” Cameron said. “I’ve looked at (the candidates), I’ve examined both sides very carefully and I’ve already voted.”

Cameron spoke about why she feels education should be a priority.

“I feel very strongly about vouchers one way or the other, which I won’t tell you because it is my decision. I also feel very strongly about teacher pay and about a lot of issues that have been discussed.”

She also explained that she is glad she took advantage of New Mexico’s early voting period.

“I’m sorry if the people who stand in line for three or four hours on election day didn’t think about (early voting) because it’s marvelous,” Cameron said.

Education is also a major issue for a retired Air Force mechanic living in Clovis.

“I think