Las Cruces, NM – Joni Gutierrez who is a landscape architect is up against local small business owner Virginia Robertson.
Robertson who owns and operates Desert Air Quality in Las Cruces says local business and education are among her top priorities for the district and state. She says she has had overwhelming response from voters when it comes to our state's economy.
Robertson-"Because I am a small business owner I have talked to many business leaders, owners and employees as well all over our district. They are concerned about overspending in Santa Fe, concerned about our budget being upside down and concerned about jobs basically."
Nearly half of District 33 is agriculture which includes a small portion down the middle of Las Cruces into Mesilla and Mesilla Park all the way down to La Mesa. Robertson says she is concerned about farmers' water rights.
Robertson-"The farmers are concerned, as a desert state we need to work hard to manage our water. There are private property issues the farmers are concerned about; we need to work hard just to manage our water well. We have done well, but we can do better."
Gutierrez has held the District thirty-three seat since 2005 and was unable to be reached for comment, but KRWG hopes to speak with her in the days before the election. Early voting runs now through October 30th at the Dona Ana County Government Center.