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Lara to challenge longtime U.S. Rep Pearce

Steve Pearce has never lost a race for the U.S. House seat in the state's Second Congressional District. The five-term incumbent won by a whooping 18 percentage points in 2012 in a district that has only elected a Democrat one time since 1981 when Republican Joe Skeen was first elected, that coming when Pearce stepped down in 2008 to seek the Senate seat vacated by Pete Domenici.

Roxane "Rocky" Lara, a former county commissioner from Eddy County, said she will be the one to break that streak.


For Lara, it’s teamwork and ideas that count

As a Democrat living and working in a Republican-leaning community in southern New Mexico, 2nd Congressional District candidate Roxanne “Rocky” Lara says she’s developed a knack for working well with political opponents.

Lara, a 39-year-old family law attorney from Carlsbad, said that kind of collaborative attitude is an essential for Congress these days.


Lara Ad Hits Pearce on Medicare

Rocky Lara is airing a second campaign ad and it is going after Steve Pearce on votes regarding Medicare and tax cuts for wealthy Americans.

The ad features a woman saying “Congressman Pearce voted to end Medicare as we know it.”

This is referring to a 2011 vote for a budget proposal put forward by Paul Ryan, that multiple media outlets said would essentially end Medicare in its current state.