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Retired Army sergeant joins CD1 race

Gary Smith

A retired U.S. Army sergeant has joined the Republican primary for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District seat.

Gary Smith launched his campaign over the weekend. According to a news release, he was joined at a gathering by family, friends and supporters.

“The people of New Mexico are hurting,” Smith said, according to the news release. “New Mexicans need a congressman who will be honest and straightforward with them and who will be focused on creating solutions to the problems facing our nation and our great state.”

“Career politicians like President Barack Obama and Congressman Martin Heinrich got us in this mess,” he added. “I’ve seen what socialism looks like firsthand as I’ve been stationed around the world, and believe me, America cannot continue down this road of failed policies and failed leadership.”

Smith joins former State Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones and Albuquerque City Councilor Dan Lewis in the GOP primary. Jon Barela, the Republican Party’s 2010 nominee for the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District seat, says he’s also considering running.

On the Democratic side, the candidates are former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chávez, State Sen. Eric Griego, and Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham.


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Smith’s news release states that he served honorably in the Army for more than 20 years and has one son and three grandchildren. He lives in Albuquerque’s northeast heights and attends the First United Methodist Church of Albuquerque.

A copy of the speech he gave at the weekend gathering states that his top priority will be “to create an environment where our nation and our state’s small businesses can begin to grow and hire new employees.”

“For that to take place, the Congress must enact a stable tax policy that is easy to understand and easy to implement,” he said. “We’ve been taxed enough already. We must cut through the unnecessary red tape and unneeded regulations that are breaking the backs of our nation’s job creators. Let the government get out of the way, and let’s let America and its people get back to work again.”

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  1. Anybody seen this guy over the last 10 or 11 days?  People are looking for him.

  2. Mr. Smith on his website bio says, “Gary’s mother LaVerne raised Gary and his three siblings to believe if you work hard and trust in God, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.”
    Bagging three million in donations will help as well, Gary, which is what CD-1 requires for serious consideration. Good luck!

  3. First of all, I welcome Mr. Smith to race. He adds an interesting perspective to the race in CD1. I don’t have a dog in that fight; I am resident of CD2 where I am anxious to support any credible entrant against the incumbent.

    And second, thank you Heath for the link to Wikipedia. Please point that link out to Dr. Swickard to whom I have previously pointed out how irritating it is to hear this insult (the Democrat Party vice the Democratic Party) repeated by journalists who know should know better. And for those who don’t; that’s why there are style guides. I enjoyed listening to Michael Swickard on his old afternoon radio show and I occasionally catch his morning show now. Michael seemed shocked when I mentioned to him on his afternoon radio show that repeated use of the word Democrat in the manner he used it was regarded as a slur. Hopefully, he’s quit doing that.

    Now, I know we all have friends who just can’t help themselves when they find something that seems so trivial that they know gets our goat, but an insult is an insult.

    Peace.

    Michael J. Flynn

  4. Author:

    Are you seriously trying to convince a journalist to commit what is essentially an ethical violation because of your whiney belief that people who disagree with you are automatically undemocractic?

  5. Author – I don’t think so. As far as I’m concerned, the name of a party is a term that should be determined by that party. The Republican Party calls itself the Republican Party, so I do too. The Democratic Party calls itself the Democratic Party, so I do too.

    More on the history of the term “Democrat Party” can be found here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democrat_Party_(phrase)

  6. Heath please us Democrat when writing about the political group. It is so misleading to call them democratic. They are not democratic so much as a group that uses the term to cover their actions.

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