Tomorrow night I’ll once again host live election coverage on Community Access Television of Silver City.
The show will being at 7:15 p.m., and Grant County Clerk Howie Morales tells me we’ll have most of the results by 7:30. He’s sponsoring the show, because he knows how important it is to get this information out to Grant County’s voters.
We’re going to be watching the battle for Grant County sheriff closely â€” incumbent Raul Holguin is facing an incredible challenge from James Koons, a local businessman and former Deming and Silver City police officer. Koons has poured a lot of money into this race, and recent ads have appeared in the Daily Press that indicate bankruptcy filings by both candidates in recent years.
When it all shakes out, we may be wondering if Holguin campaigned effectively. Not one to toot his own horn, “Bully” never came out with a clear history of his time in office, or an accounting of his accomplishments.
We’ll also be covering the Public Regulation Commission race, featuring Dem. Sandy Jones and Republican C. Earl Greer. If the talk around town is to be believed, Jones burned a few bridges in Grant County (and possibly the rest of District 5) by going negative against E. Shirley Baca in the June primary.
In addition to the races here in the southwest part of the state, I’ll keep you updated on what’s happening throughout New Mexico, and the rest of the country for that matter. There are a few close races playing out in the Land of Enchantment, including the much-talked-about congressional contest between Heather Wilson and Patricia Madrid. The latest polling out of Albuquerque shows Madrid pulling ahead, increasing her lead to five points.
Another tight race is that for land commissioner. While former ABQ mayor and BLM manager Jim Baca once led in the polls, numbers released by the Albuquerque Journal yesterday show incumbent Patrick Lyons up by eight.
Of course, be sure to keep an eye on your blog here tomorrow! Throughout the day I’ll have photos from around the county, turnout figures from select polling places, and updates on what’s happening with the overall scene.