Tuesday’s primaries hold two races of local interest

Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer

On Tuesday, Roosevelt County voters will cast their votes in the primary elections.

County Clerk Janet Collins said the polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Collins said that voters will not need to show voter identification cards, but will need to provide their date of birth and the last four digits of their Social Security number, which they can give verbally.

“In-town residents of Portales may find that their precinct voting locations have changed since previous elections,” Collins said.

A map of the new precincts was supplied to registered voters along with voting locations. For more information, call the Roosevelt County Clerk office at 356-8562.

The two Republican candidates for District 66 state representatives are Lucille B. Tucker and incumbent Keith Gardner.

Tucker said her campaign has gone well.
“Whatever voters decide will be right,” she said. “I think I’ve done as good as I can for being on the ballot for only about 20 days.”

Gardner said his campaign also has gone smoothly. He said some opponents have attacked him personally and untruthfully, but he will continue to move forward.

“I have been proud to serve Roosevelt County, and I look forward to serving another two years,” Gardner said.
The two Republican candidates for county sheriff are Darren Hooker and incumbent Thomas M. Gossett.

Hooker said he has tried to run a positive campaign and focus on county issues that will make a difference. He said he’s excited and is looking forward to Tuesday’s election results.

Gossett said his campaign has gone well.

“I have a lot of supporters both from inside and outside of the sheriff’s office,” he said. “I believe the deputies on duty now are happy with the way I have run things.”

Other contested races in this week’s primaries include the U.S. Senate on the Republican ballot where Allen W. McCulloch, David Pfeffer and Joseph J. Carraro will square off. The winner will face incumbent Democrat Jeff Bingaman, who is unchallenged in the Democratic primary, in the November general election.

In the Democratic primary, there is a four-way race for secretary of state with Mary Herrera, Shirley Hooper, Letitia Montoya and Stephanie V. Gonzales. The winner will meet unchallenged Republican Vickie S. Perea in the general election.

Voters on Tuesday will select Democrats to run for four other offices in November. The state auditor’s race on the Democratic side is between Jeff Armijo and Thomas R. Buckner. The attorney general’s race is contested with Geno Zamora, Lemuel L. Martinez and Gary K. King seeking the party’s nod. The commissioner of public lands race sees Ray Powell and Jim Baca, and the public regulation commissioner’s race on the Democratic ticket includes Stephanie L. Dubois and Joseph D. Calderon.