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Cordova among lineup of Democrats, Republicans seeking election to county government

Mike Smith
Carlsbad Current-Argus
A sign at the Eddy County Sub-Office in Artesia reminds people on Nov. 2, 2020 that Election Day is Tuesday. There are two contested races in Eddy County.

Sarah Marie Cordova does not see herself as the lone Democrat among three candidates for open seats on the Eddy County Board of Commissioners. Instead, Cordova said she is an Eddy County resident who wishes to make the county a better place.

Cordova is uncontested on today's ballot for the Commission's District 5 seat. With a single vote before the 7 p.m. close of polling locations, Cordova could replace Susan Crockett, who could not seek reelection because of term limits, for the District which covers portions near the Carlsbad City Limits and ends at U.S. Refinery Road.

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Cordova did not have opposition in the June primary, but she shares the ballot with Republican District 2 incumbent Jon Henry and newcomer Fred Beard, who defeated incumbent Larry Wood in the June Republican primary. Beard does not have a Democratic challenger. 

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Current Eddy County Board of Commissioners District 1 Commissioner Ernie Carlson and District 4 Commissioner Steven McCutcheon's terms run until 2022.

Cordova is a life-long Carlsbad resident who graduated from New Mexico State University Carlsbad in 2008 with a nursing degree.

Voter handicap parking is available at the Eddy County Sub-Office in Artesia on Election Day.

“I pursued my nurse practitioner degree and graduated as a family nurse practitioner in 2017. Nursing and public/community service have always been very important to me,” she said.

Cordova said her plan to run for commission was not a drawn out process.

“Towards the end of February and early March it became clear to me COVID was going to have an impact on Eddy County. I had considered volunteering as an NP (nurse practitioner) for COVID relief but knew there were risks to my family and my current patients and employer,” she said.

"I didn’t want to leave my local community when they needed help the most. I had several conversations amongst friends and family in which we felt running for the upcoming Commissioner’s position could be a great way to help residents within the community and learn of what needs as well as resources were present. It seemed like the right time to get involved."

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Cordova said she expected the pandemic to continue to impact the community into 2021.

“Definitely COVID related impacts on the budget, jobs, healthcare, education; and impact on local residents at all levels. I see these next several years as a time where community leaders can expand on resources and projects promoting the growth, health, and well-being of Eddy County residents while managing COVID at the same time,” she said.

Cordova said county government plays a vital - and direct -role in the health, safety and welfare of residents.

“County officials have their hand on the 'pulse,' if you will, of what is happening around them. I feel it’s one of the most important forms of government because you are serving those you care for directly,” she said.

The Eddy County Clerk has taken preparations to get polling places across the county ready for Election Day.

Eddy County voters are casting ballots for two contested races in Eddy County government.

Republican Mark Cage and Democrat Donald Cantrell are seeking the election as Eddy County Sheriff. Cage is the incumbent. Republican Laurie Pruitt and Artesia Democrat Rosie Garcia are seeking election as Eddy County Treasurer. Pruitt is the incumbent.

Voting locations open at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m. Anyone who arrives in line to vote by 7 p.m. will be allowed to cast their ballots. Eddy County registered voters can cast their ballots at any of the 13 voting convenience centers.

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Mike Smith can be reached at 575-628-5546 or by email at MSmith@currentargus.com or @ArgusMichae on Twitter.