Candidates in attendance included Congressman Steve Pearce, Republican incumbent and challenger Evelyn Madrid Erhard, a Democrat. Representing the district attorney's race were Democrat Francesca Estevez and Republican George Zsabor.
Surrogates for the Martin Heinrich and Heather Wilson campaigns were also on hand to read short statements from their respective candidates.
Sixth Judicial District Court Judge candidates Jennifer DeLaney, a Democrat and Judge Jarod Hofacket, a Republican, again delivered summaries of their legal careers and what they hope to bring to the bench if elected on Nov. 6.
The DA candidates struck similar chords when answering questions, both pointing to a lack of state funds keeping the local DA's office from hiring more victim advocates and prosecutors. Each agreed 15-year prison sentences for certain convicted murderers are too lenient.
For the congressional race, Congressman Pearce and Erhard showed clear differences in foreign policy and economic issues. When discussing the recent embassy attack in Libya and the greater topic of national defense, Congressman Pearce said that he believes the greatest defense is a strong offense. Erhard stressed cooperation and diplomatic ties with other nations, particularly those in the Middle East, to help prevent
On the economy, Erhard spoke on the need for a strong middle class and small businesses being the prime players for employing Americans. Congressman Pearce discussed keeping taxes low across the board and argued that even those earning high wages can struggle with financial issues and economic burdens.