Kernan likely winner

By David Arkin: CNJ correspondent Hobbs lawmaker Gay Kernan late Tuesday looked as if she may hold onto her Senate seat. Kernan held a 61-39 percent lead over opponent William Palmer for the Senate District 42 Republican seat, according to totals obtained through the Secretary of State’s Web site at 11:30 p.m. Kernan had received […]

Business group praises Clovis lawmakers

David Arkin’s Political Notebook: CNJ correspondent Two Clovis lawmakers got perfect marks this week from a statewide business group. The Association of Commerce and Industry released their annual report card of state representatives, senators and the governor this week. House and Senate members were scored for their votes on pro-business legislation and constitutional amendments in […]

Voters swarming county office

Political Notebook The Curry County clerk’s office is busy these days. County Clerk Mario Trujillo said last week 320 people have voted early at his office for the June 1 primary. Also, his office has mailed out 159 absentee ballots. Those figures, he says, are higher than other primaries. “Well I do know that it […]

Hobbs school teacher takes campaign to constituents

By David Arkin, CNJ Correspondent A Hobbs school teacher who also manages her own business hopes her political career is just getting started. Gay Kernan, who has served for the last two years as a state senator for District 42, which spans from Hobbs to Clovis — is seeking another term in Santa Fe. She […]

Q&A – District 42 Senate candidates answer questions

By David Arkin, CNJ Correspondent The following is a question and answer session with Sen. Gay Kernan and William Palmer, Republican candidates for state senate in District 42. What do you think eastern New Mexico’s most pressing issue will be if you are elected to office and how would you address it? Kernan: In eastern […]

Hobbs teacher wants to keep Senate seat

By Michelle Seeber Sen. Gay G. Kernan, R-Hobbs, is a school teacher who favors higher pay for teachers. But she disagrees with one provision of new legislation aimed at achieving that goal. Kernan was in Clovis and Portales on Monday, announcing her plans to seek election to the District 42 seat. She faces June primary […]