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May 17, 2022
A look at contested races on primary election ballot
Doña Ana County Democrats will have five county races, one U.S. congressional district race and three statewide races to vote in for the June 7 primary election, while Republicans will have two statewide and one county race to vote in. Libertarians also have a contested race for governor.
Many state and local races have only a single candidate in each primary, and some have only Democrats running, without Republican or Libertarian candidates on the ballot.
May 15, 2022
Write-in candidate faces ex-Republican in Libertarian race for governor
May 15—The Libertarian primary for governor pits a businesswoman who previously sought the nomination as a Republican and an agricultural hemp producer intent on stopping her candidacy.
“Karen Bedonie is not a Libertarian at all, and I’m not gonna have it,” write-in candidate Ginger Grider, who has been a Libertarian since 2016, said about her opponent, who switched her party affiliation in January.
“I won’t have it,” added Grider, 52. “She will not appear on the general [election ballot in November] under the Libertarian Party ticket because she is not a Libertarian.”
April 26, 2022
Portales woman running write-in governor campaign
Ginger Grider hadn’t planned on running for office until she, a self-described “real Libertarian,” saw what she believes was a move by Republicans to subvert the Libertarian Party.
Grider is in the governor’s race with incumbent Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham, five Republican challengers and Libertarian candidate Karen Bedonie.
April 22, 2022
Meals account for one-fifth of gubernatorial candidate's campaign spending
All but one of the candidates running for governor of New Mexico have been spending campaign money on meals as they’ve hit the road in search of voters and donors.
Even busy politicians have to eat, right?
But, proportionally, none of the gubernatorial hopefuls has dished it up like Republican-turned-Libertarian Karen Bedonie.
According to the latest campaign finance reports, meals account for about one-fifth of Bedonie’s spending — significantly more than any other gubernatorial candidate.
April 7 2022
New Mexico, Doña Ana County primaries simplified after 36 candidates withdraw or are disqualified
LAS CRUCES – Several New Mexico primary contests statewide were pared down Tuesday as 36 candidates were either disqualified or withdrew from the June 7 nominating contests.
Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to withdraw from the primaries, and 18 did just that across the state, including three in Doña Ana County, which the County Clerk’s Office said was “more than we have seen based on recent memory.”
Ginger Grider on NM Political Report
July 9. 2019
Patients want a voice in group planning for cannabis legalization
Since Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a task force to study possible cannabis legalization measures last month, some in the medical cannabis community expressed concerns about proper representation.
The Cannabis Legalization Working Group, the governor’s office said, will work this year and send their recommendations to Lujan Grisham before next year’s 30-day legislative session. Lujan Grisham announced earlier this year that she would add legalizing cannabis for adult recreational use to the call next year. In even numbered years, all legislation related to budgetary matters are considered “germane”, but the governor can give permission for legislators to discuss other issues.
March 1. 2019
Despite court order, still no clarity on medical cannabis plant count
Today’s the day. The New Mexico Department of Health has run the clock on a court order to come up with a number, and a reason behind it, of how many medical cannabis plants can be grown in the state.
Last year, a state district court judge gave the state’s Department of Health about four months to determine a maximum number of plants medical cannabis producers can have at any given time. And the judge ordered the department to back their decision up with data. The department asked for a last-minute extension from the court, which the judge denied. Today was the deadline and now some producers are waiting to hear updates regarding how many cannabis plants they can have, even though DOH knew it needed to come up with an answer since last November. Opinions on what is considered the right number of plants vary amongst producers, but the judge’s ruling raises questions about how DOH and the Medical Cannabis Program tracks information that producers are required by law to provide to the state.
November 6, 2018
Dems dominate statewide races
Democrats swept statewide races on Election Day, and will control not just the governor’s office and all of the executive agencies, but also independent state agencies that oversee everything from state funds to state lands.
Democratic incumbent Tim Eichenberg easily won the race for State Treasurer over Republican Arthur Castillo and Democrat Brian Colón defeated Republican Wayne Johnson for State Auditor. In the three-way race for Attorney General, Democratic incumbent Hector Balderas beat Republican Michael Hendricks and Libertarian Blair Dunn. And another Democratic incumbent, Maggie Toulouse Oliver defeated Republican Gavin Clarkson and Libertarian Ginger Grider to hold on to the Secretary of State seat.
September 11, 2018
The first campaign finance reports of general election are in for governor, other races
Campaign finance reports filed Monday showed positives for both gubernatorial candidates, with the Republican showing a lead with money left, but the Democrat raised, and spent, more money.
Republican nominee Steve Pearce finished the campaign finance period—which lasted from July 1 to Sept. 3—with nearly $1.9 million cash-on-hand for the final two months of the race.
This was well ahead of the $1.2 million cash-on-hand for his opponent, Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham.
Lujan Grisham, however, raised $1.9 million in the period and spent almost $1.5 million.
September 11, 2018
Straight party issue spurs Portales Libertarian to run for Secretary of State
New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s decision to add straight-party ticket voting to November’s ballot has caused waves across the political party spectrum. But, besides uniting independents, Libertarians and Republicans in a state Supreme Court challenge, Toulouse Oliver’s proposed action has spurred one Portales woman to try and take over as the state’s election administrator.
Libertarian Ginger Grider said Toulouse Oliver’s decision to put a straight-party ticket option on the ballot in November “greatly influenced” her decision to run for Secretary of State.