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The Republican and Democratic parties of Chaves County have selected the delegates who will help determine which candidates for office will appear on ballots for the primary elections in June.

The Democratic Party of Chaves County elected its 16 delegates during a pre-primary convention Saturday, where some candidates for statewide and Congressional offices spoke.

The delegates are scheduled to meet March 10 in Albuquerque for the state Democratic Party pre-primary convention.

According to Paul Romero, chair of the county Democratic Party, the delegates selected are Charles A. Berry, Dorothy Bitzer, Robert Carroll, Alfredo Dominguez, Joseph Dominguez, Stephen Fleming, Richard Garcia, Virginia Garcia, Tim Jennings, Dan Johnson, Amanda King, Cymantha Liakos, Melissa Loucks, Lindsay Mayofincher, Joseph Patton and Michael Trujillo.

The six alternates chosen are Suzanne Berry, Tom Jennings, Sharon Mohr, Fred Moran, Lee Sides and Florence Wells.

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The Chaves County Republican Party held its pre-primary convention Jan. 25. Candidates for statewide and Congressional seats appeared to present their cases for support, and 25 Republicans were elected to represent the county at the Feb. 24 New Mexico Republican Party pre-primary convention in Albuquerque.

According to a Chaves County Republican Party spokesperson Dorothy Hellums, the elected delegates are O.L. Adcock, Phelps Anderson, Charlotte Andrade, Jeff Bilberry, Joan Boue, Will Cavin, Claire Chase, Robert Crook, Alice Eppers, Candy Spence Ezzell, Caleb Grant, Dorothy Hellums, Carrie Hollifield, Dennis Kintigh, Ben Manatt, Andrea Moore, Mark Murphy, Greg Nibert, Jason Perry, Cliff Pirtle, Daniel Pruitt, Britt Snyder, Diane Taylor, Cliff Waide and Bob Wooley.

Candidates for the major political parties must receive at lest 20 percent of the votes of their state party delegates to have their names placed on the ballots for the primaries, according to New Mexico election law posted on the state Secretary of State website.

Write-in candidates are allowed only for certain statewide offices.

Primaries are scheduled for June 5, while the general election is scheduled for Nov. 6.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.