Council candidates talk turkey at debate

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By Kirsten Laskey

From Trinity Place to electrical outages to financial matters, the county councilors elected Nov. 4 will face hefty issues and objectives.

The County Council candidates attempted to prove they have the answers during a debate held Wednesday in Duane Smith Auditorium.

Candidates Vincent Chiravalle, Republican; Manuel Baca, Democrat; Ken Milder, Democrat; Sharon Stover, Republican; and Mike Wismer, Independent, are vying for three available slots.

The debate kicked off by asking candidates if they would recuse themselves from voting on issues that were conflicts of interests. All five candidates said that they would.  

The questions moved onto economic issues. The candidates were asked how they would handle the current financial crisis.  

“Currently, our county is in a bit of a mess,” Baca said. The solution is to clean it up, he said, to watch spending, control spending and don’t spend more than what is available.

Additionally, Baca recommended rejecting projects that are not worthwhile to citizens, such as the West Jemez By-Pass Road project.  

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