Editor's note: The following is a previously published endorsement list from October.
On Nov. 8, Taos County voters will choose winners in the general election. There are also several candidates on the ballot that are unopposed.
On the ballot are eight presidential candidates, including the more well-known Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. As we argued in advance of the June 7 primary, we think Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has earned the vote. There’s no need to wait and see what happens at the final Oct. 19 presidential debate.
Republican candidate Donald Trump has proven himself staggeringly unfit for the office of President of the United States. While Clinton is not a perfect person, or a candidate without flaws — she has worked her entire adult life in preparation for this moment.
We urge those who voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders in the primary, and there were more of you in Taos County than not, to join forces and send a message that what Trump represents is not what America is about. It’s important that Clinton not just win by a slim margin, but win by a margin that sends the strongest of statements. Bigotry, misogyny and intolerance are not accepted here.
A vote for Clinton doesn’t mean that she won’t be held accountable during her four-year term, either. With Sanders and his supporters as allies and watchdogs, Clinton is obligated to the more progressive platform that Sanders and others demanded.
In state races, we endorse Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver for secretary of state over Republican Nora Espinoza. This race has had more focus than usual after former secretary of state Diana Duran resigned in disgrace last year. We believe the progressive Toulouse Oliver has the experience and tenacity, after years as Bernalillo County clerk, to restore public trust and enact needed reforms.
For the position of justice in the New Mexico Supreme Court, we endorse Michael E. Vigil, a Democrat, over Judith K. Nakamura, a Republican. In the race for New Mexico Judge of the Court of Appeals, we believe Democrat Julie J. Vargas is ready for the post and endorse her over Republican opponent Stephen G. French.
In the contest for New Mexico’s representative in the third district, which includes Taos County, we wholeheartedly endorse Rep. Ben Ray Luján, a Democrat, over Republican Michael H. Romero. Luján has proven time and again that he has Northern New Mexico’s best interests at heart, and has worked tirelessly in Congress to get important work done.
Voters will also be asked whether to retain Supreme Court Judge Barbara J. Vigil. We believe you should retain Vigil and the three Court of Appeals judges who you will be asked to retain or not — Jonathan B. Sutin, Tim L. Garcia and M. Monica Zamora.
We urge voters to vote “for” the state constitutional amendment that is on the ballot and to cast “for” votes on four general obligation bond questions.
The last day to register to vote in this election has passed — Oct. 11. Early voting is underway through Nov. 5 at the Taos County Courthouse. Absentee ballots are due Nov. 4.
No matter who you vote for in this general election, we urge you to cast your vote, your voice.