By Kevin Wilson
In a close race in the Roosevelt County Commission District 2 Republican primary, Charles May didn’t do much of anything to claim an eight-vote victory.
Actually, he said he did nothing at all.
“I have no idea (what made the difference), no idea whatsoever,” May said with a laugh Tuesday night. “I did zero campaigning — maybe that’s the best thing.”
May claimed 97 votes, finishing ahead of Harvey Teague (89) and George Martin (49) for the Republican nomination. In November, May will face David Sanders, who received 102 votes while running unopposed in the Democratic primary.
The winner will replace Chad Davis, who opted not to run for re-election.
May said he currently has no plans on what to do should he become a commission member.
“Sometimes until you’re in there, you can’t really tell. I’ve been on a lot of boards. You have a lot of ideas when you’re on the outside, but once you get in it’s very limited to what you can actually do.
“The main thing you want to do is get along with the other members and accomplish what good you can.”
May said he will have to step up his campaign efforts against Sanders, who has a track record as a former commissioner and lobbyist for the current commission.
If Teague wants a recount, he must request one within six days of Friday’s canvassing. Teague could not be reached Tuesday night for contact.
Sanders said his opponent will have no bearing on the campaign he intends to run.
“I’ve known Charles for a long time,” Sanders said. “He used to be a rancher down in Kenna and he’s a really nice guy. It doesn’t change anything. I served as a county commissioner for 10 years and I feel like I have the experience.”
Sanders served the commission from 1990-2000. He joined the commission on a two-year term when the commission increased to five members, then served for two more four-year terms.
County commission rules limit members to two consecutive terms. Sanders has lobbied for the county in Santa Fe and serves on the Ute Water Commission.
“I keep up with them and try to stay informed,” Sanders said.
Sanders doesn’t feel he’s at a disadvantage being a Democrat in Roosevelt County.
“I really don’t,” Sanders said. “I think in a small county like this, they vote for the person. I think an independent would have just as good of luck as a Republican or Democrat.”