Wilson, Pearce battle for Senate position

PNT Staff Report

One of the most hotly contested races in this year’s primary election is the Republican face-off for Senate.

Rep. Heather Wilson and Rep. Steve Pearce have targeted each other’s voting records and stands on the issues in a series of advertisements and news releases.

Rep. Tom Udall is the only Democrat seeking the Senate seat now held by Pete Domenici, who is not seeking reelection.

Wilson was elected to the office in 1998 in a special election and has served five additional Congressional terms. She previously served as cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department.

According to Wilson’s “Heather for Senate” Web site, she stands for keeping America safe, securing our borders, and fiscal responsibility and smaller government. “The first and most important responsibility of the federal government is to provide for the common defense and prevent another terrorist attack,” according to the Web site. Wilson says she has consitently fought for tax relief for all Americans.

Pearce was elected to the office in 2002 and is now serving his third term. His previous occupation was a small business owner.

According to his “People for Pearce” Web site, Pearce believes in fighting the War on Terror and providing the tools to do so. He opposes tax increases, and he believes in health care reform but not socialized medicine. Pearce also says he favors developing alternative energy while increasing America’s domestic supply of energy, using technology that makes production cleaner and more efficient.