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Herrell sees high stakes in District 2 congressional race

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State Rep. Yvette Herrell shares her platform for Congressman Steve Pearce’s seat. Herrell attended the Chaves County Federated Republican Women’s luncheon on Wednesday with her campaign team. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

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District 2 Congressional candidate Yvette Herrell, from Alamogordo, has been the state representative for House District 51 for the past eight years.

Herrell said running as a Republican candidate for the District 2 seat was a “prayerful decision” and that seven years ago she told Congressman Steve Pearce, who is vacating the seat to run for governor, that she wanted to run for this seat.

Making it a priority to visit Roswell, Herrell attended Wednesday’s Chaves County Federated Republican Women’s luncheon to “say hello to the Roswell folks,” she said. Other Republican candidates Monty Newman and Gavin Clarkson spoke at the last luncheon on March 21, while Herrell spoke at another Republican women’s event in Silver City on the same day.

“I think what’s paramount in this race is there is so much at stake — not only for New Mexico but for the nation,” Herrell said. “So I believe the experience that I bring to the table in terms of serving on the state Legislature for the last eight years, understanding the district as a whole but also the nuances of the district, are very important.

“I think really at the end of the day, it’s a passion for the people. I don’t have a legislation or one silver bullet that’s going to change New Mexico, but I have a passion for the people.”

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She said it is important to know specific industries within the district and to have working relationships with industry leaders. Herrell said having these relationships made her an effective state leader, with access to feedback when it came to voting for policies. She said she is prepared for Congress and has many relationships in Washington.

“My up or down votes affect every single New Mexican,” she said. “I don’t want industries or individuals living with a bad decision on my part because I didn’t reach out to them, so I think building those relationships is key — but I also think carrying our voice to Washington as it relates to our culture, our way of life, our industries, how we do business, how we want to live our lives is paramount.”

Herrell said people can control the narratives of their lives better by choosing to protect their liberties and constitutional rights. She compared the race to a job interview, saying New Mexicans are her employer and she is working for them.

She said it is also important for people to know who candidates are and what they stand for prior to voting. Herrell said she is pro-life and supportive of land, guns, families, and business. She said these are principles she has always stood for and protected in Santa Fe. She added that she has been working on legislation to protect agriculture and the gas and oil industries.

Some federal issues Herrell said she has worked on for District 2 include the transfer of public lands, The Endangered Species Act, and water and property rights.

“I support President Trump and have since day one,” she said. “I believe that he has been chosen by the people for a reason to make America great again, and I believe with his leadership and working collectively with colleagues in Washington D.C., we can make New Mexico great again — for the first time. We can do it.”

Herrell said she has received endorsements from the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life organization, and the House Freedom Fund, which she said makes her a top contender in the race.

“We’ve been proving time and time again how hard we are working,” she said. “We had 58 percent of the delegate vote at the convention.”

Herrell said she thinks New Mexico does not have an appetite for mudslinging but the state is hungry for a leader who prioritizes people, not “politics and pocketbooks.”

“I’m excited about the race,” she said. “I always ask for people’s support, their prayers, their vote — but we’ve got to do a good job protecting this particular seat and enhancing what kind of voice we take to Washington D.C.”

City/RISD reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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