Pearce, Mullins win GOP congressional primaries

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Steve Pearce will get a chance to win back his old job as a U.S. representative, defeating a little-known Republican primary challenger in the 2nd Congressional District race. Pearce, a three-term former congressman, defeated Roswell-area farmer Cliff Pirtle in Tuesday’s GOP primary. Pearce said campaigning across the […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Free fishing and blood needed

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Free fishing Saturday is not only National Fishing Day, it’s free fishing day across New Mexico. The state game commission is granting all anglers, residents and non-residents a day of free fishing on public waters. On this special day, no one needs a license or […]

Buzard and Payne to vie for District 5 commission seat

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Democrat Rodney Payne and Republican Kendell Ray Buzard won their primary elections Tuesday for the Roosevelt County Commission District 5 seat. They will face each other in the November general election. Incumbent Paul Grider could not run for re-election because he reached his two-term limit. Buzard received about 37 […]

Martinez wins GOP gubernatorial primary

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Prosecutor Susana Martinez has won the Republican nomination for New Mexico governor. She’ll face Democrat Diane Denish in a general election race deciding who becomes the state’s first female governor. It will be the third woman-against-woman gubernatorial general election matchup in U.S. history. Martinez is the first Hispanic woman nationally […]

Colon and Sanchez win party nominations for lieutenant governor

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Democrat Brian Colon and Republican John Sanchez have won their parties’ nominations for New Mexico lieutenant governor. Tuesday’s results mean Colon will be paired on the Democratic ticket with gubernatorial candidate Diane Denish in the November general election. Sanchez will run on the GOP side with Susana […]

Republican Burton likely to take commission seat

Elida-area resident Republican Scott Burton is the likely successor to two-term Democrat Roosevelt County Commissioner Gene Creighton. Burton won a three-person race in Roosevelt County’s District 4 Republican primary Tuesday, garnering 144 votes to nearest challenger Nancy Gentry’s 117. David Craig tallied 57 votes. With no one filed on the Democrat primary ballot in the […]

Democrat Dodge will face Republican Russ for District 63 seat

Santa Rosa’s George Dodge Jr. grabbed the Democratic nomination for District 63 State Representative from Clovis’ Jose Griego with a wide lead. Claiming 78 percent of the votes in 96 percent of the precincts, retired educator Dodge will go on to face Republican Melinda Russ from Fort Sumner in the November general election. Russ ran […]

Belcher wins Republican primary; retains county assessor spot

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Incumbent Roosevelt County Assessor Tex Belcher kept his position by capturing more than 71 percent of the votes for the Republican seat in Tuesday’s primary election. Belcher received 998 votes, compared to the 398 votes — or almost 29 percent — challenger Kenner Carrasco received. There was no Democrat […]

Roosevelt County farmer wins Republican seat for land commissioner

Roosevelt County farmer and cattle rancher Matthew Rush on Tuesday won the nomination in the Republican primary for land commissioner — a position among the most powerful in New Mexico state government. Rush defeated former Bernalillo County GOP executive director Bob Cornelius. Unofficial returns showed Rush with nearly 66 percent of the votes with 65 […]

Lyons wins Republican PRC District 2 nod

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native and Public Lands Commissioner Patrick Lyons prevailed Tuesday, sweeping 60 percent of the votes and gaining the Republican nomination for Public Regulations Commissioner, District 2. With a 13,863 to 9,249 edge, Lyons had a lead of 4,614 votes over opponent Robert Corn. In the November General Election, Lyons faces Stephanie […]