Election 2014: Key state House races

By Deborah Baker / Journal Staff Writer
PUBLISHED: Monday, November 3, 2014 at 6:41 pm

All 70 seats in the state House of Representatives are up for election, but the focus will be on just a few districts as Republicans try to gain control of the chamber for the first time in 60 years. Democrats currently have a 37-33 advantage. Some races to watch:

House District 4

Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage  (R) vs. Harrison Todacheene (D)

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Battle for House control raises pitch of political attacks

Posted: Saturday, November 1, 2014 8:00 pm |Updated: 12:07 am, Sun Nov 2, 2014.
By Milan Simonich
The New Mexican

Because Republicans have a chance Tuesday to take control of the New Mexico House of Representatives for the first time in 60 years, attacks against candidates of both parties have been shrill, deceptive and often false.

Geoff Rodgers, a Republican from Los Alamos, is running for the seat in House District 43 and trying to clear his name at the same time.

An advocacy organization that is promoting Democratic candidates, ProgressNow New Mexico, recently posted an Internet story saying Rodgers was arrested in Florida 19 years ago on an unspecified charge. ProgressNow alleges Rodgers concealed this information from voters.

“I can categorically say I’ve never been arrested,” Rodgers said in an interview with The Santa Fe New Mexican.

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10 closely watched races for New Mexico House

10/21/2014 4:28 AM

Among the most closely watched legislative races that could determine whether Democrats retain their majority in the New Mexico House.

— District 4: First-term Republican incumbent Sharon Clahchischilliage of Shiprock is seeking re-election against Democrat Harrison Todacheene, a retired civil engineer who ran unsuccessfully for Navajo Nation president in 2006. The district historically has favored Democrats.

— District 7: Freshman Republican Kelly Fajardo of Belen is running for re-election against Democrat Teresa Smith De Cherif, a Los Lunas physician who defeated former Rep. Andrew Barreras in the primary. Fajardo defeated Barreras two years ago.

— District 15: Democrat Emily Kane, an Albuquerque firefighter, is seeking a second term against Republican Sarah Maestas Barnes, a lawyer, in a swing district evenly divided between the parties based on voting behavior in recent statewide elections.

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Hope for Ghana people

(Letter to the editor)
News-Bulletin Jul 31, 2014

ghanaThe West African nation of Ghana ― the first African nation to achieve independence from colonial rule in 1957 ― is in the news. Unfortunately, a United States citizen is being tested there for the 90 percent fatal Ebola virus.
Ghana may join the ranks of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the West African countries struggling with an Ebola outbreak, in the setting of inadequate health systems. Of the 1,201 people recently infected in West Africa ― including an American doctor ― 672 have already died.
Fortunately, at least one Ghanaian citizen is being trained in health right here in Valencia County. Mr. Nuhu Alhassan, who was featured in “Fulfilling a dream in Valencia County” in the News Bulletin, is being sponsored by Peralta resident Paul Sanchez to pursue a degree in nursing at the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus.

Teresa Smith de Cherif, M. D.

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Public input sought for mill levy

A little more than a year after getting a voter-approved quarter mill increase to property taxes, the Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District is turning to the public to find out what its constituents want to see done with the money.

Late in June, the board of directors asked Cody Stropki with SWCA Environmental Consultants out of Albuquerque to facilitate a public meeting to get questions and comments that will be incorporated into a mill levy funding priority plan.

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CVNM declares victory in most races

New Mexico Telegram / June 5th, 2014

CVNM-logoConservation Voters New Mexico had a successful primary night in six of the eight races where they made endorsements.

The races were all state House or Public Regulations Commission races.

“CVNM’s work in the primary elections better positions us for success in the general election,” CVNM Executive Director Demis Foster said in a statement. “Our Election Day success takes us a step closer towards decision-makers and public policies that represent the conservation values of New Mexicans.”

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Battle for the state House will center on ten districts

New Mexico Telegram / June 4th, 2014

Roundhouse-seal-300x225Republicans are once again hopeful that they can take the state House. Democrats currently hold a 37-33 advantage in the state House.

The race to control the House will likely come down to ten key races. Not much has changed since Steve Terrell first wrote about the ten races, though in some races, there were competitive primaries.

The races are largely agreed upon which will be competitive. There are five held by Democrats and five held by Republicans.

Of the races, only one is an open seat, and that features a former representative from the district running. In all other cases, the incumbent was first elected in 2012 and is facing their first reelection challenge. Three of the races feature candidates who lost in 2012 hoping to regain the seat.

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Primary election sets stage for state House control

SANTA FE – Olin Clawson is campaigning for votes in northwest New Mexico one small sack of pinto beans at a time, trying to unseat a member of the state House in the June 3 primary election.

He’s hanging the two-pound burlap bags bearing his name on doors in House District 9, where he and two other Democrats are running against Democratic Rep. Patricia Lundstrom of Gallup.

“Pinto beans are very much a part of all our lives,” explained Clawson, a fourth-generation member of a McKinley County ranching and farming family.

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He doesn’t know candidates

by | May 21, 2014 | Filed under: Opinion

N.M. Rep. Miguel Garcia’s recent email to fellow democrats concerning Jim Danner and Dr. Teresa Smith de Cherif represents a disrespect to his office and all the citizens of New Mexico. For that matter, all human beings.
His use of heritage to judge people is racism in its darkest and most vile form. Rep. Garcia is ignorant of the facts surrounding these candidates and does not uphold the standards of the office to which he has been elected.

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Rep. Miguel Garcia may be damaged beyond repair

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:29 am | Updated: 3:09 pm, Thu May 15, 2014. Milan Simonich

State Rep. Miguel Garcia turned out to be everything he said he detested.

GarciaGarcia, D-Albuquerque, once gave a long, impassioned speech on the floor of the House of Representatives in which he said racism was still alive and dangerous. Then he read a letter from an anonymous man who threatened Garcia because of his support for a law that enables people without proof of immigration status to obtain New Mexico driver’s licenses.
But when it came to politicking, Garcia never hesitated to resort to stereotypes, race and racial divides in hopes of getting his candidates elected.
In an email this week intended to raise money for two Hispanic candidates for seats in the House, Garcia also resorted to the type of name calling that he previously denounced. This is some of what Garcia wrote in a his endorsement of Democratic House candidates Andrew Barreras and Frank Otero.
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