A cattle rancher who’s the scion of a widely known political household will face a lawyer and three-term incumbent within the Democratic main for Home District 50, giving voters within the oddly formed legislative district within the coronary heart of New Mexico starkly totally different selections.
Rebecca “Becky” King Spindle is a married mom of 4 whose solely political expertise is serving on the board of the Moriarty-Edgewood Faculty District for in regards to the previous 4½ years. However politics runs by means of her veins — and whereas campaigning she’s capitalizing on the truth that her grandfather was Bruce King, New Mexico’s longest-serving governor.
“It’s a bizarre time to marketing campaign,” she mentioned, referring to stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic, “and I’m new, and I’m difficult an incumbent, so I would like to make use of each software I’ve in my toolbox to make myself stand out.”
Incumbent state Rep. Matthew McQueen, D-Galisteo, who’s in search of a fourth time period, is banking on his expertise within the Legislature.
“You don’t must be a lawyer to be within the Legislature and definitely nearly all of our Legislature isn’t. However like should you have been going to be ambassador to Italy, it might actually assist should you spoke Italian,” McQueen, 52, mentioned. “It’s not completely a job requirement as a result of there could be translators and stuff, however it might assist should you spoke the language, and I feel I communicate the language.”
The winner of the Democratic main will face Republican Christina Estrada and Libertarian Jerry D. Gage in November. Each are operating unopposed within the main.
King Spindle, 45, mentioned she would convey real-life expertise to the job, although she initially struggled to elucidate what expertise made her certified to be a state consultant.
“I’m going to have to consider that one for a minute,” she mentioned, including she’s had members of the family who’ve served in that function that she will flip to for recommendation. They embody her uncle, Gary King, a former state legal professional normal who served within the Home for 12 years.
King Spindle requested a do-over the subsequent day, saying she’s not one to brag about herself.
“The rationale I’m certified to run for workplace and to carry it’s I’m a hardworking mom of 4, and I’m a pacesetter in my neighborhood and my state and on the nationwide degree in my trade,” mentioned King Spindle, solely the second girl to serve on the board of the American Hereford Affiliation.
“I care in regards to the individuals who dwell right here and wish to assist the governor and the opposite legislators information us by means of these difficult instances,” she added.
King Spindle is extremely essential of McQueen, who she mentioned is unresponsive to constituents of a district that is 100 miles lengthy and stretches throughout elements of 4 counties from Interstate 25 close to Glorieta Mesa on the north to the city of Mountainair within the south.
“I don’t wish to throw him beneath the bus too dangerous, but when he has opposing views [from his constituents], he simply gained’t see them,” she mentioned.
McQueen takes umbrage together with her characterization.
“My opponent has mentioned I’m out of contact with elements of the district,” he mentioned. “To begin with, I don’t actually suppose that’s true and secondly, I suppose that argument would go each methods. … I clearly can’t agree with everybody on a regular basis. However that being mentioned, I actually work arduous to signify the pursuits of the district within the Legislature.”
The 2 candidates additionally sharply disagree about a rise within the state gasoline tax, which McQueen has tried unsuccessfully to lift previously and intends to do once more if reelected.
“Frankly, loads of my Republican colleagues admit that we have to elevate our gasoline tax as a result of I feel we’re fourth lowest within the nation,” he mentioned.
“It could affect individuals who drive extra — presumably they purchase extra gasoline — however the fact is our rural roads are among the many worst. And when your roads are dangerous, you are going over potholes. You’re getting blowouts. Your insurance coverage goes up. I imply, the wear and tear and tear on autos is substantial, and it must be addressed.”
Each candidates pledged to be funds hawks to take care of the financial fallout from the pandemic and agreed investments in schooling will likely be a precedence.
“I hope to guard schooling and lecturers,” King Spindle mentioned. “We simply made so many positive factors with them. I’d hate for all of it to be taken away.”
McQueen mentioned he would convey again quite a few payments he is labored on previously if reelected, together with laws requiring the automated disclosure of capital outlay allocations and a invoice to take state pensions away from corrupt public officers.
“I spent my first 4 years within the Legislature enjoying protection beneath [former Gov. Susana] Martinez, after which the previous two years, all of the sudden we had a Democratic governor who believes in the identical issues that I imagine in,” he mentioned. “We had cash coming in. … We’re taking an enormous funds hit, so loads of that’s going to alter. The problem is how will we maintain transferring New Mexico ahead in a time of funds shortage. That’s the problem.”