Nearly 50 people gathered at the GOP “Meet the Candidates Bean Feed” Saturday evening at the Tucumcari Convention Center.
Candidates as diverse as those seeking Quay County Commissioner seats all the way up to those seeking state representative and state senate seats were present and asked to speak. Each candidate present, whether Republican or Democrat was invited to speak by Republican Party head Travis Nelson of Nara Visa who served as mistress of ceremonies for the evening.
The candidates were asked to give a brief explanation on their platforms and the reasons they were seeking the office they were pursuing.
Incumbent Democratic candidate for Quay County Commissioner Grace Madrid of Tucumcari spoke first to the gathering. She was followed by the other Democratic candidate present Bob Frost of San Jon who is seeking the area’s state senate seat. The area Democrats were followed by the Republican candidates seeking different offices. First to speak was teacher Dennis Roch of Texico who is running unopposed for the state public education commission.
He was followed by Mark Hodge of Tucumcari who is running for the District 2 Quay County Commissioner seat currently being held by Jeff Lewalling. He is opposed in the primary election by Billy Ray Curry of Tucumcari who followed Hodge to the lectern to speak. Final speaker during the banquet was New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Patrick H. Lyons of Tucumcari who discussed the situation in Santa Fe and how Eastern New Mexico was being represented there. Following the speaking a fund-raising auction was held with pastry and works of art being auctioned off. Most profitable auction item was a limited edition print of a Curry painting which went for $550.