Jesse Moya, Deming Headlight 5:08 p.m. MDT May 26, 2016
DEMING — Frederick H. Sherman and Candie Sweetser are in the race for the vacated state representative seat in District 32 on the Democratic ticket. The candidates will be seeking the party nod for the New Mexico primary election on Tuesday, June 7.
House District 32 includes all of Luna and Hidalgo counties, as well as a portion of Grant County.
Both candidates are longtime residents of Deming and are both actively involved in their community happenings. Sherman is a practicing attorney and an avid follower of the political interests of the area. He has been practicing law for 44 years and believes he can pull in Santa Fe in support of District 32.
Sweetser owns and operates Luna County Broadcasting and stays on top of local, state and national news over the airwaves. She has little experience in politics, but has felt the seat was well represented by Dona Irwin and G.X. McSherry during their tenure. “I am not a politician, but I have great respect for our Democratic system of government,” Sweetser said in a previous interview. "I believe in good, open, honest government."
Sherman is on the platform of political reform for keeping allocated money for education in the state. He has mentioned that he will fight to keep this money around to build better educational systems in the area and to create and maintain more jobs. “I feel like I have the tools to get something done,” he said in a previous interview. “If I don’t do it, I would have a hard time looking at myself in the mirror.”
Although Sweetser has never run for office before, she is no stranger to public forum, having served as the president of the Rotary Club, been active in the Silver Spikes and has served on both boards of the New Mexico Broadcasters' Association and the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. She has described herself as a candidate without a pre-set agenda and would like to give back to her community. “I am eager for a chance to represent my friends and neighbors, and carry our local issues to the state level,” she said.
Sherman's family roots in law date back more than 100 years and he sees a potential for economic growth in southwest New Mexico. “Our children graduate and can't find jobs. Too many empty homes are causing our homes to depreciate in value. Our downtown has too many empty buildings,” Sherman said.
Sweeter says she will carry a strong voice for the agricultural community and small business. “I think the important thing for District 32 is to have solid agriculture and business representation. I will take that to Santa Fe.”
Jesse Moya can be reached at 575-546-2611 (ext 2608) or firstname.lastname@example.org.