LAS CRUCES – Tuesday kicked off early voting in local elections in district officials’ offices across the state. In the Doña Ana district, at around 11 a.m., poll workers said 43 people have appeared at the district government center on Motel Boulevard since the elections started at 8 a.m.
“That’s your only voice, your only voice, be it federal, local or whatever,” said George Baird, a 75-year-old Las Cruces resident. “Don’t complain to me about things if you don’t vote.”
Baird said the proposed general obligation bonds for Las Cruces public schools had motivated him to vote this year. He said he was against the bonds.
“Every time you turn around, they want money for it, money for it,” said Baird. “Look at what the state gives the school, what the (federal) school gives. How come I don’t see anything in all this? My grandchildren don’t see any change.”
Olivia Ogas, a 78-year-old Las Cruces resident who said she was an educator for 35 years, said she appeared at the polls Tuesday to support the LCPS bonds and vote on her local LCPS education committee.
Ogas said it was important to vote in local elections “because they are the people who run our government and our schools.
Kathleen and Paul Jaramillo, a married couple who filled out their ballots together, said they were supporters of Las Cruces city council candidate William Beerman challenging incumbent councilor Yvonne Flores in District 6.
“(Beerman’s) real conservative, he’s not (a) a radical liberal,” Paul said. “It is time for a change.”
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“Liberals are too pushy for their views and want everyone else in the United States to live by their values,” said Kathleen.
Additional places for early voting will be opened on October 16. Until then, registered voters must vote in the district building or apply for a postal vote.
For information on the 2021 local elections, postal voting and important deadlines, visit dacelections.com or nmvote.org.
Michael McDevitt is the city and county government reporter for Sun News. He can be reached at 575-202-3205, [email protected] or @MikeMcDTweets on Twitter.