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With the June 7 primary election swiftly approaching, the New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System (NMCFIS) is reporting significant contributions to campaigns in the county’s most hotly contested races.

The three Republican candidates for Eddy County sheriff vying for inclusion on November’s general election ballot have raised a grand total of $47,987.63, with $31,871.05 of that comprised of campaign contributions to current undersheriff Mark Cage.

Of that, Cage has thus far spent $23,752.99. Challenger Kelly Lowe reports $13,866.58 in contributions and $12,729.04 in spending, while John Patterson has raised $2,250 and spent $1,094.71.

In the Eddy County Commission District 2 race, the NMCFIS reports challenger Jon Henry with $13,150 in campaign funding, of which $6,479.74 has been spent. Incumbent Royce Pearson has $5,350 in contributions and $3,339.84 in spending.

Challenger Larry Wood has raised a total of $4,375 for his campaign in District 3 and spent $1,602.33, while incumbent Glenn Collier has spent none of $1,700 raised. Guy Lutman reports $100 in funding and has spent half that total.

In the campaign for Eddy County treasurer, Frank Barrera reports $4,877.15 in contributions and $4,544.60 in spending, and Laurie Pruitt has raised $2,740 and spent $163.48.

The NMCFIS reports campaign finances as a matter of public record, and further information may be found at www.cfis.state.nm.us under the “Public Reports” searchable database.

The sheriff’s race is the only one that will remain contested in November due to the campaign of Democrat Ruben Castro, who has raised no funding. Registered Republicans in Artesia will be voting June 7 to determine which Republican will face Castro in the general election.

In both county commission elections, the winner of the June 7 primary will appear as an uncontested candidate in November, due to all candidates running as Republicans. The same will be the case in the election of county treasurer, as both Barrera and Pruitt are running as Democrats. Due to the party lines, that also means only registered Republicans, in essence, will be deciding the commission races, while only Democrats will be picking the new treasurer.

Registered Democrats and Republicans are encouraged to cast their ballots Tuesday, June 7, at any of Artesia’s four polling sites: Faith Baptist Church, 401 S. 20th St.; the Eddy County Clerk’s Sub-Office early voting room, 602 S. First St.; Central Valley Electric, 1403 N. 13th St.; and Trinity Temple Assembly of God, 1507 W. Hermosa Drive.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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