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OPINION | Editorial: Big US House race merits voter interest

If it seems like we just finished with a highly contested election season, it’s because we did. There is no problem with your calendar.

But New Mexicans in the Albuquerque-based 1st Congressional District will go to the polls again, with early voting just weeks away, in a June 1 special election to choose a successor to U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland, who is now serving as secretary of Interior in the Biden Administration.

Early voting begins at the County Clerk’s Office on May 4. Early voting adds additional sites on May 15 and ends May 29. The Secretary of State’s Office says absentee ballots can be requested until May 27. Applications will not be mailed proactively to eligible voters, but they will receive an educational flier with key dates and information.

There will be four candidates on the ballot. State Rep. Melanie Stansbury will be the Democrat and state Sen. Mark Moores is the Republican. Chris Manning, an auditor who lives in Farmington, is on the ballot as the Libertarian candidate and former state Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn is on the ballot as an independent. Two write-in candidates, Laura Oliva and Robert Ornelas, have qualified but their names won’t appear on the ballot.

While Democrats hold a thin majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, it’s an important election no matter which political party you favor. The border crisis and immigration, gun control, taxes, infrastructure, police reform and expanding (or as some would say “packing”) the Supreme Court are just some of the overriding domestic issues facing Congress. Not to mention the next steps to be taken regarding COVID, climate change, the future of oil and gas on federal lands, the economy and relations with China and Russia.


So voters should take steps to educate themselves on the issues and candidate positions. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard. A functioning democracy depends on it.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.

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