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Chaves County Sheriff’s race is officially underway

Former Chaves County lieutenant Mike Herrington also finalizes documentation for his own campaign to run for Chaves County Sheriff. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

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As the June 5 date for Chaves County’s 2018 primary election continually nears, the Chaves County sheriff and a retired deputy officially start their venture in the sheriff’s race.

Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder fills out paperwork on filing day Monday morning at the Chaves County Clerk’s Office, marking his official re-election bid for sheriff. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

On filing day Tuesday morning, Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder and former lieutenant Mike Herrington finalized paperwork and paid their fees at the Chaves County Clerk’s Office.

“Anybody that meets the requirements can come down here and sign up today,” Snyder explained. “It costs you $50, you fill out the paperwork, it’s really that simple — a little bit harder to get elected and comply with all the things you have to comply with.”

The Daily Record asked both the challenger and incumbent sheriff where they are in their campaign.

Herrington, who has hosted multiple meet-and-greets, said his campaign for sheriff has been going “fantastic.”

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“We have a lot of supporters,” he said. “I’m honored by the amount of people who actually have come out to support me within this community, and now that we have officially signed, is just —sprint — the race is on.”

Snyder, who told the newspaper late-June he had already started fundraising, said he has been considering sending out election mailers and intends to put up additional signs up now that the municipal election has come to a close.

“We have been working very hard because, as of today, we need to start campaigning in earnest,” Snyder said. “Now’s the time to start talking to the voters. Whether it’s by mail or in person, or things we put in the newspaper — or whatever the case may be.”

On top of yard signs, Herrington said he has been personally installing red decals on voters’ vehicles, which he does not take lightly.

“I wish I could put into words the feeling that that runs through my body and mind when a person allows me to put my decal on their vehicle,” Herrington wrote on his campaign’s Facebook page. “It is a feeling of complete happiness that humbles me at the same time knowing I have their support.”

Snyder, who was joined by his wife, Jean, friends and deputies, said aside from mailing out fundraisers, his campaign has been dialed back in order to give the city elections their fair share of time.

“They come first,” he said. “In my opinion, we should not step on their time at all. They’re putting signs out, and we should stay out of it, and that’s what I did. Just to stay out of their way — just as a matter of respect. We don’t want anybody stepping on our time, so we shouldn’t step on theirs.”

Herrington, who was accompanied by Janet Gomez, treasurer of the Committee to Elect Mike Herrington Sheriff, commented on Snyder’s large following at the County Clerk’s Office.

“If I would have brought my entourage, I would have the parking lot and the building full,” Herrington said.

The retired deputy said throughout his campaign efforts, he has come to meet people from “all walks of life.”

“We are going to go 110 percent, so I have no doubt that this is going to turn out very well,” Herrington said.

Early voting for the primary election is set to take place from May 19 to June 2.

“It’s amazing how many people early vote, so if you’re going to influence their vote, you need to get that done before May 19,” Snyder said.

Election Day is on Tuesday, June 5.

Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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