Harry Garcia eyes third term in District 69, will square off against Roy “Randy” Ryan

Harry Garcia eyes third term in District 69, will square off against Roy "Randy" Ryan

FARMINGTON — The race for the District 69 state representatives seat on the Nov. 3 ballot pits two-term incumbent Harry Garcia against challenger Roy “Randy” Ryan to represent an area that stretches across Bernalillo, Valencia, Socorro, Cibola and McKinley Counties — and even the far southeast outskirts of San Juan County. That region is dealing with many pressing issues, from the future of energy extraction in New Mexico to the implementation of gun laws and the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Both candidates say they are motivated to address those issues. Energy development The Escalante Generating Station’s closure at the end of the year will have reverberating impacts in the Grants section of District 69. The San Juan County portion of District 69 is part of the Mancos Shale play and is one of the most active oil and gas producing portions of the San Juan Basin. Garcia, a democrat, said fossil fuels seem to be “on the way out” and that it’s time to start transitioning to wind and solar energy. Garcia said that’ll only help create temporary jobs and not spark long-term employment opportunities, but the change is needed for the environment and to combat global warming. Garcia said a 40-acre solar energy farm was just added in Grants within the last six months. “The whole world’s going that way,” Garcia said. However, Ryan, a Republican, hopes to continue using fossil fuels because of the financial ramifications of doing otherwise. Ryan said fossil fuels are cheaper […]

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