By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer
Clint Harden is returning to state Senate in an otherwise slow night for Curry County representation.
As of 11:15 p.m., state election totals show Harden winning 67.7 percent of the vote over Eagles Nest teacher Jeff Carr. Vote totals were 7,304-3,482 in favor of Harden.
“I’m pleased and satisfied,” Harden said. “The counties I represent have said I’ve represented well enough to serve them for the next four years.
“As near as I can tell, the only county I lost in my seven-county area (was Colfax). That’s a whole lot better than I did the last election cycle.”
Harden’s win gave a Republican sweep of the three Curry County Senate seats as Stuart Ingle of Portales and Gay Kernan of Hobbs were unopposed in their re-election bids.
“It’s hard to lose (when you’re unopposed), but I’m certainly glad the counties of Curry, Roosevelt, DeBaca and Chaves support me,” said Ingle, the Senate Minority Leader who has been in the Legislature since 1985. “I’ll work as hard as I can for the next four years. We’ve got some tough times coming with the budget. We’ll work through it; we’ve had it before.”
Kernan has been serving since 2002.
“I want people to know I don’t take that for granted,” Kernan said. “I know I have a huge job ahead of me for the next four years. (The lack of an opponent) doesn’t mean I’m not going to fulfill my responsibilities.”