This is the position of the DASO candidates on border surveillance and county politics


LAS CRUCES – County politics and the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office’s role in border enforcement are two of the biggest issues this year as voters consider who should be the next sheriff.

The race pits incumbent Sheriff Kim Stewart of Las Cruces (R) against former US Armed Forces Capt. Byron Hollister of Las Cruces (R). Stewart, who has held the seat since 2018 and edged out a former New Mexico State Police captain in the Democratic primary, won the most votes in the primary last March. Hollister had the second-highest vote count, setting up a competitive race in November.

But many things have changed since March.

That big table on the border

Over the summer, dozens of immigrants seeking to enter the United States crossed into the US and made national news in the process. In addition, the crossings helped revive the debate about DASO’s role in policing the border.


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