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Opinion: Stacking the political deck in Taos County commission race

By William E. Córdova
Posted 5/7/20

Taos County Democratic Party invited me to participate in an online forum on May 7, indicating that the party would choose preselected questions.I questioned AnJanette Brush's …

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My Turn

Opinion: Stacking the political deck in Taos County commission race

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Taos County Democratic Party invited me to participate in an online forum on May 7, indicating that the party would choose preselected questions.

I questioned AnJanette Brush's role as the party vice chair and a candidate and was told that she "stepped aside" through the primary election. As a candidate for District 4 commissioner, I am informing the voters the reason for my decision not to participate. A forum is an opportunity to share one's platform and vision in an objective manner. I feel that the objectivity in this case is clouded and biased.

The state party rules state: county officers "must refrain from using their office to advance the cause of any individual candidate including themselves for office in the Democratic primary election." Ms. Brush's campaign materials list her party position as part of her credentials.

An email I received from county party chairman Darien Fernandez assured me, "while she is on her leave of absence, she has no say in any of the operations of the party and is not allowed to use her office to advance her candidacy. George Brown, Annette Arellano and I are monitoring this and working extra hard to handle all of the duties that AnJanette would normally do."

Arellano is the mother of Ms. Brush's campaign treasurer and she introduced and promoted Ms. Brush to voters.

Other party officials also have conflicts of interest, which make me feel uncomfortable. How can an organization remain unbiased when conflicts of interest within its leadership exist?

William E. Córdova is a candidate for Taos County Commission, District 4, and lives in El Prado.

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