Erminio Martinez seeks change at the Roundhouse

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By Carol A. Clark

Retired judge Erminio Martinez joins a slate of three Democrats seeking the District 6 Senate seat representing Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos.

Martinez was born in Taos and has lived there all of his 65 years of life. He stopped by the Monitor Thursday to discuss his candidacy. "If the people of District 6 extend me the honor, the privilege, the faith and the trust – I will work my heart out to have an inclusive and transparent government," he said.

Martinez can't emphasize enough the importance of term limits, he said in reference to the fact that opponent Sen. Carlos Cisneros of Questa has served in the post for 23 years.

"With term limits, you don't serve lobbyists and special interest groups, you serve the people," Martinez said. "A lack of term limits breeds corruption, people stagnate and become masters instead of servants."

The third candidate in the District 6 race is Archie Velarde from Ojo Sarco, who has run before but not held public office.

Martinez decided to seek the state Senate seat because he says the government is broken. "Public officials don't address things that need to be addressed in New Mexico," he said, expressing outrage as he described homeless and hungry veterans. "They fought for our freedom and if we can't protect them - then we're almost acting like a third world country."

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