In spirit of unity, Dems turn attacks on governor during primary debate

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Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 12:58 pm, Tue May 20, 2014.

ALBUQUERQUE — The five Democratic candidates for governor seemed to be adhering to a self-imposed “fireworks ban” at a forum Saturday, as they fastidiously avoided taking any shots at each other.

In fact, at the end of the two-hour debate sponsored by the state Democratic Party, Attorney General Gary King, state Sens. Linda Lopez and Howie Morales, longtime government administrator Lawrence Rael and Santa Fe businessman Alan Webber all pledged to enthusiastically support whoever wins the June primary to take on incumbent Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

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  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:09 pm on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1675

    It's Bush's fault.


  • Ron Romero posted at 7:10 pm on Sun, May 4, 2014.

    RonRomero Posts: 44

    "who can turn back the clock fastest to the days of Bill Richardson." I'm so sick of Susana riding Richardson's coattails to turn attention from her clear failures. She should replace her running mate with old Bill himself, because without him , she would have no chance. The Republicans need a new playbook, is anyone still fool enough to vote for this bad governor because they can't stand Richardson? Time to run on your own record Susana.

  • Philip Taccetta posted at 10:25 am on Sun, May 4, 2014.

    PhiltheElder Posts: 188

    “While these politicians will descend into negative attacks filled with finger pointing and absent of constructive ideas” Sounds to me like Chris Sanchez is quoting right out of the republican "play" book!

  • Steve Salazar posted at 10:10 am on Sun, May 4, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 872

    Real "unity" would have 4 of the five quitting the race, and giving their full support to the remaining one.


Primary election information

The New Mexico primary election will be Tuesday, June 3, 2014. On election day, all polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m..

Voter Registration:

New Mexico has a closed primary: only registered Democrats can vote in the Democratic Primary, and only registered Republicans can vote in the Republican Primary. Under New Mexico election laws, voters who declined to state a party affiliation when registering can’t vote in the primary.

The last day to register for this year’s primary election was May 6. If you re-registered and failed to indicate a political party, even if you had been a Democrat or Republican on previous registrations, you are listed as Declined to State (DTS) and cannot vote in the primary. Your Voter Information card lists your party if you indicated a political party. If you have questions, call 505-986-6280.

Absentee Ballots:

You can apply for an absentee ballot up until Friday, May 30, although the Santa Fe County Clerk’s Office encourages voters not to wait until the last minute. The last day the clerk’s office can send out absentee ballots is Friday, May 30. To apply for an absentee ballot, you can go online (http://www.santafecountynm.gov/userfiles/ABGeraldine.pdf) to print an application, or call the Santa Fe County Clerk’s Office (505-986-6280) to request an application.

Early Voting at Clerk’s Office:

You can vote early at the Santa Fe County Clerk’s Office through May 31, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., including lunch hours. Voting will also occur on Saturday, May 31st, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The clerk’s office will be closed Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day.

Early Voting at Alternate Sites:

Early voting at alternate sites begins Saturday, May 17, and ends Saturday, May 31. Days and hours for these sites are as follows: Tuesday through Friday, from noon until 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. These sites are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

The alternate sites for early voting are at the following locations:

• Old Edgewood Fire Station – 25 E. Frontage Road, Edgewood

• El Dorado Senior Center – 16 Avenida Torreon, Eldorado

• Santa Fe County Fair Building – 3229 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe

• Pojoaque County Satellite Office – 5 W. Gutierrez, Suite 9, Pojoaque

For more information, consult the county clerk’s web page (http://www.santafecountynm.gov/clerk) or call the Santa Fe County Clerk’s Office (505-986-6280).

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