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Candidate for Congress visits with citizens at local eatery

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Tony Martinez, standing, listens to questions from concerned citizens at Los Cerritos Mexican Kitchen Wednesday evening as part of his campaign for the 2nd Congressional District seat. Martinez, 58, addressed numerous issues in the state of New Mexico, such as health care. A detailed article on Martinez and his visit in Roswell will be published in a future Daily Record edition. (Katy Ross Photo)

Tony Martinez met with about 30 citizens in Roswell Wednesday evening at Los Cerritos Mexican Kitchen as part of his campaign for Congress.

The 58-year-old Las Cruces Democrat, who announced earlier this month he was running for the 2nd Congressional District, listened to citizens’ concerns on issues ranging from universal health care, the legalization of marijuana and President Donald Trump’s recent ban on transgender individuals serving in the military.
Martinez is not the only Democrat in the race so far. Las Cruces Democrat David Baake announced earlier this month he will run for the 2nd Congressional District seat. Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-Hobbs, has announced his intent to run for governor, rather than for an eighth term in Congress.

New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn and State Rep. Yvette Herrell of Alamogordo have announced their intent to run for the Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District.
The 2nd Congressional District includes all of Chaves, Catron, Cibola, De Baca, Doña Ana, Eddy, Grant, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Lea, Lincoln, Luna, Otero, Sierra and Socorro counties, and portions of Bernalillo, McKinley, Roosevelt and Valencia counties.
A detailed article on Martinez and his visit in Roswell will be published in a future Daily Record edition.