Local politics

Commission candidates turn out for Taos News political forum

Hospital, immigration and taxes highlighted in discussion

The Taos News hosted the second of three political forums Monday (May 21) ahead of the June 5 primary election. All seven candidates running for three commission seats turned out for the forum and answered questions on a wide slate of topics, including the hospital, county finances, roads, detox and the immigrant community.
Video livestreamed via Facebook by Jesse Moya
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The Taos News hosted the second of three political forums Monday (May 21) ahead of the June 5 primary election.

Many seats are up for grabs in the hotly contested primary, including three of the five spots on the Taos County Board of Commissioners. The three incumbents in Districts 1, 2 and 5 are running to retain their seat and they all face at least one challenger.

Monday's forum at the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative boardroom in Taos saw candidates tackling a wide range of topics, beginning with a county policy that amounts to affirming Taos County as a sanctuary for immigrants. Other discussions included boosting county revenue, working with the town of Taos, hiring a lobbyist, the animal shelter and funding for the hospital.

Candidates also addressed elements of their personal and professional trajectories, such as why District 2 candidate Julian Cisneros did not seek re-election to the Questa Village Council and instead ran for a seat with more and more diverse constituents.

You can watch the full video here and read the May 24 edition of The Taos News for a longer story on the county commission races. 

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