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sheila hudmanOn-the-job training or a solid list of outstanding experience? That’s what you will be voting on during the election for County Commissioner of District 1.

With the tremendous issues standing before the Grant County Commission... qualified, proven experience and leadership is needed to successfully move Grant County forward as a great place to live, work and play. As Village Clerk of Santa Clara,

Sheila Hudman has demonstrated time and time again that she has the knowledge, the ability, and the skills to facilitate the revitalization of not only her community, but all of Grant County.

The Beat's question for candidates for Grant County Sheriff.

All candidates were asked by telephone to answer the question, “If you are elected, what would you tell the parents of Roberto Benavidez who was brutally murdered in Hurley six years ago?” Their impromptu answers, condensed for clarity, follow (in last name alphabetical order).

frank gomezFor Grant County Sheriff
Democrat Frank Gomez

Greetings Grant County
I am writing to state my intent of running for Grant County Sheriff and share my qualifications and experience for this position.

I would like to create the following: Establish a citizens' review committee, Special Response Team, Crash Team, Crisis Intervention Team, expand our DARE Program, and develop a Task Force composed of Narcotic Deputies and Officers combating the drug problem we have in our county.

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Chris Ponce, Democrat and lifelong resident of Grant County, would like to announce his candidacy for Grant County Commissioner District 1.

I was born and raised in Grant County. My wife Julie of 31 years and I have raised our family in Grant County. We have one daughter Erika, and a son, Christopher. My wife retired after 25 years with Silver Consolidated Schools.

I strongly believe in family and making Grant County a better and safer place to live. I want to work in partnership with the Citizens of Grant County to address issues that may arise. I also want to work in partnership with elected officials in surrounding communities to help accomplish goals and visions they have for the communities they represent. We must continue to move forward.

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The upcoming election for Grant County Commissioner of District 2 isn’t simply about two people running against each other. It’s really about providing the necessary leadership to make knowledgeable decisions regarding critical matters that will highlight our County’s future. The election is about preservation… preserving a way of life in Grant County that has taken over a hundred years to develop.

Preserving jobs that help us feed our families. Preserving the land on which we raise cattle and grow agricultural products. And yes, this election is even about changes. Changes that if developed properly can have a positive lasting effect for coming generations of Grant County citizens. Changes that can mean the difference between financial prosperity for our County or financial ruin for some of the services we simply take for granted.


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rays photo 4.2018Ray Tavizon is a long-time resident of Grant County. He was educated in Silver Consolidated Schools and graduated from Western New Mexico University’s Police Academy in 1986.

 In 1985 at age 22, he began his law enforcement career in Lordsburg with the Hidalgo County sheriff’s department. When Lordsburg Police Department was established in 1987, he was hired as a patrolman and a few months later promoted to Assistant Chief of Police as lieutenant. He ran the Lordsburg Police department for 12 years. In 1997, while still serving as the assistant chief of Police, he was honored as the "Officer of the Year."

mary ann sedilloI am writing to announce my candidacy for Grant County Probate Judge for the June 5 Primary Election on the Democrat ticket.

I was born on August 30, 1957 in Silver City, NM. I grew up in Santa Rita; at the age of 12, our family moved to Santa Clara and currently I live in Silver City.

I am married to Alfred Sedillo, manager at Sun-Valley True Value Hardware. My parents are Macario and Margaret Chavez of Santa Clara. I have three sons: Mack Trujillo, a pharmacist with SAM's Club of Mission Hills, California and his daughter Mackenzie, 16; Leo Trujillo, an Assistant Fire Management Officer with the US Forest Service, his wife Alexa and their three children, Brendan, 17, Amaya, 15, and Ahlyia, 13; and James Trujillo, an Environmental Technician with Freeport-McMoRan, his wife Krisann and their two children, Brayden, 10, and Marcus, 7.

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