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By Jacque Ritchie



October 12, 2018

Michelle Lujan Grisham stumps with supporters in Farmington.

Gubernatorial Candidates Rally Supporters in San Juan County

By Jacque Ritchie, TALON

On the eve of one the most polarizing political mid-term races in memory, both New Mexico democratic and republican candidates for governor visited Farmington on Friday October 5. Both candidates stressed the importance of "getting out the vote," but that is where the similarities ended.

Texas born Hobbs resident, Steve Pearce 71, visited local oil and gas systems manufacturer PESCO. Pearce and wife Cynthia congratulated PESCO employees and management on their recent partnership with Bayo TECH, a chemical company out of Albuquerque that specializes in hydrogen and fertilizer production. During his speech, Pearce focused on jobs vowing to protect oil and gas jobs in the region and to strive to keep the San Juan Generating Station open. Pearce proposed transporting four corner water resources to other areas of the state saying, "A lot of the state is running out of water." Pearce also proposed using the states existing billion dollar surplus to fund infrastructure projects that could "grow and expand" the economy.

Pearce has served in the House of Representatives since 2002. The former small business owner currently serves on the Financial Services Committee and Natural Resources Committee. Pearce also sits on Sub-Committees for Energy and Minerals, Federal Lands, Housing and Insurance and Terrorism and Illicit Finance. Pearce has garnered endorsement from the NRA, the Right to Life Committee and the Susan B. Anthony List. According to Vote Smart.com, the Susan B. Anthony List is a conservative group that typically endorses candidates who will, "reduce and ultimately end abortion." Pearce has also received endorsements from 20 New Mexico sheriff's including San Juan County out-going Sheriff Ken Christesen.

Michelle Lujan Grisham was greeted by over 100 enthusiastic supporter's as she made her way into Chef Bernie's Cafeteria in Farmington on Friday. A 12th generation New Mexican, Congresswoman Grisham 56, is serving her third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Grisham currently sits on the Budget Committee and the Agricultural Committee. After law- school at UNM Grisham provided free-legal services to the elderly and also served on the Bernalillo County Commission.

During her recent campaign stop, Grisham was joined by Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, candidate for State Auditor Brian Colon, candidate for Court of Appeals Jacqueline Medina (on her third trip to SJC) and U.S. House Representative Ben Ray Lujan.

Grisham focused on education saying, "This is who we are, this is why we fight to get elected." Grisham vowed to get teachers pay-raises and to do away with PARCC standardized testing. PARCC was embraced several years ago by most states but has more recently fallen out of favor by school districts because, among many reasons, it has proven to not be inclusive or diverse enough in it's scope to give an accurate academic overview.

Grisham declared the current adminstration has, "gutted public education," saying, "This vocation requires dedication...Education is key, if we get that right everything else will fall into place."

Grisham addressed healthcare saying, all New Mexicans deserve, "Quality affordable healthcare." Grisham spoke with fervor and enthusiasm and was generally well-received until it came to jobs, saying that SJC locally elected officials, "...are re-evaluating what our number one industry should be and are saying it will be, outdoor recreation!" The once enthusiastic crowd went silent, but Grisham carried on, "This speaks volumes about the groundwork that has been laid." The Grisham website touts an "all-the-above" energy stance embracing fossil fuels and renewable resources for the future.

Grisham has received endorsements from; Planned Parenthood, Conservation Voters of New Mexico, Emily's List Animal Protection Voters, Mom's Demand Action, Latino Victory Fund, and Naral among many other groups.

With less than a month until the election, find out where your candidate stands on the issues, read TALON for voting records and comments from both candidates.


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