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Chase elected Chaves County GOP chair

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Chaves County Republicans this weekend elected a former congressional candidate with deep roots in Roswell to be their new chair.

A majority of delegates elected Claire Chase to a two-year term as chair during their biennial county convention Saturday at the Hi-Q Venue in Roswell.

She edged out Jeanine Corn Best, Roswell city councilor in Ward 3, for the position. Chase succeeds Robert Corn, former member of the Chaves County Board of Commissioners, for the position.

A tally of the final breakdown of the vote was not announced at the convention or provided to the media.

Following the convention, Chase said she is honored and excited to be elected to helm the county party.

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“Chaves County is the stronghold for Republicans in the state of New Mexico so it is a big deal and a big position,” she said.

Chase, 37, made a bid for the Republican nomination in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, in the race to unseat then-U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-NM.

She lost the June 1 primary to Yvette Herrell in a three-way race. Herrell in turn went on to defeat Torres Small in November.

Chase said she approached the county party nominating committee to run for the unpaid position as a way to strengthen both her community and the local party.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301 or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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