Alibi V.19 No.43 • Oct 28-Nov 3, 2010 
Alibi’s Online Election Guide

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The Alibi’s 2010 Election Endorsements

Rhetoric in this country has reached a fever pitch. Folks are angry, and they’re scared because money’s tight. That means candidates and campaign topics are as ugly as they’ve ever been. Maybe you started muting the commercials, or maybe you’re house-training your puppy atop the mailers. Who needs the extra stress, right?

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Print-n-Save Voters Guide

Use the handy “print” link to the right of the headline for a print-friendly version.

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Election 2010

Voter FAQ

When is Election Day?

Tuesday, Nov. 2

When are the polls open?

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

How can I tell if I'm registered?

Anyone in the state can look for their registration info at https://voterview.state.nm.us/

How do I find out where to vote?

In Bernalillo County, https://www.bernco.gov/wherevote should do the trick. You'll have access to a map and a sample ballot, if you'd like to think things over before you get to your polling location.

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Marisa Demarco

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Governor

The Alibi endorses: Diane Denish

Job Description: Executive head of the state. Enforces laws. Appoints officers. Prepares the budget to present to the Legislature.

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U.S. Congress

The Alibi endorses: Martin Heinrich

Job Description: Federal representative for New Mexicans living in the 1st Congressional District. Drafts and votes on legislation.

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Candidate Q and A: N.M. State House of Representatives

We contacted all candidates for local house districts with this questionnaire; here’s what we have back so far. We’ll post further responses as they come in.

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Attorney General

The Alibi endorses: Gary King

Job Description: New Mexico’s chief legal representative. Writes advisory letters and opinions. Prosecutes and defends court cases, usually in upper-level state appellate courts.

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Marisa Demarco

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Secretary of State

The Alibi endorses: No one

Job Description: Oversees the statewide election process. Maintains lists of registered voters. Evaluates voting machines. Manages campaign finance reports. Second in line of succession for governor.

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Marisa Demarco

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Land Commissioner

The Alibi endorses: Ray Powell

Job Description: Custodian of the state’s public lands. Majority of the revenue generated from the office goes to New Mexico schools.

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Marisa Demarco

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Bernalillo County Sheriff

The Alibi endorses: Dan Houston

Job Description: Bernalillo County’s top law enforcement official. Oversees and manages more than 400 employees.

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Also on the Ballot

We weren't able to meet with the following candidates, and so can't endorse in these statewide races. But here are some brief bios and links to their websites.

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Judgment Day

Your ballot will include nonpartisan judges without opponents who still need your approval to keep their seats. A judge is re-elected when she nails down 57 percent of the retention vote.

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Constitutional Amendments

Constitutional Amendment 1

What it says: As it is, New Mexico's constitution only allows the state to offer scholarships to Vietnam veterans. Amendment 1 would let the state create a college scholarship program for veterans of wars that happened after 1990. Once the vets use their military benefits, New Mexico would kick in extra cash so all of their tuition is covered in full.

What we think: We've got a lot of veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan who deserve to go to college in New Mexico for free. This will help returning soldiers find jobs and earn decent wages. The Alibi urges you to vote in favor of this amendment.

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Bonds

The Alibi endorses all bonds in 2010. Here's a quick rundown:

General Obligation Flood Control Bonds

The Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority wants $20 million for flood control and storm water quality projects, and to meet Environmental Protection Act standards.

Bernalillo County Bonds

Together would cost $25 million

Library Bonds

Would put $1,500,000 toward books and materials

Public Safety Bonds

Seeks $500,000 to construct and equip public safety buildings

Parks and Recreation Bonds

Asks for $2,300,000 for improving recreational facilities and outfitting them with new features

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