The candidates for Dona Ana County District Attorney debated Monday night at KRWG-TV. Republican Incumbent Amy Orlando and Democrat Mark D'Antonio participated in a lively forum. The debate questions were posed by College Democrats and College Republicans from New Mexico State University.
One question for the candidates…was it a good move for New Mexico to eliminate the death penalty? Orlando said…no. D’Antonio had a different view on the death penalty...saying it was a punishment of the past.
The candidates also differed on decriminalizing possession or use of marijuana. D’Antonio said, of course, that decision is up to legislators and he would enforce the law if marijuana was decriminalized. Orlando said her view against decriminalizing possession or use of marijuana has been shaped by her experience.
Later this week, KRWG-TV will host the New Mexico 2nd Congressional District debate with students from NMSU's government department. The debate, featuring incumbent Republican Steve Pearce and Democrat Evelyn Madrid Erhard will air Thursday night at 9pm on KRWG-TV and on public television stations across the state.