Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Drugs Concern in House Race.

Byline: Brendan Smith Journal Staff Writer

ELECTION 2000

Rio Arriba Leads State In Per Capita Deaths

Michael W. Naranjo, a Republican pastor from Espanola, hopes defectors from the Democratic Party will support his campaign against four-term incumbent Rep. Debbie Rodella in the District 41 state House race.

"A lot of people are not happy with the way the Democratic Party has been treating them," Naranjo said Tuesday. "I'm trying to reach out to the hearts of the people. I'm not relying on any political machine."

But Naranjo is related to the Democratic political machine, or at least its chief playmaker for more than 40 years in northern New Mexico. His great uncle is former state senator and Democratic heavyweight Emilio Naranjo, but Naranjo said he hasn't asked his great uncle for any advice and is running his own campaign.

Rodella a 38-year-old part-time technician at Los Alamos National Laboratory and bail bondsman from La Mesilla is relying on past legislative successes including funding for full-day kindergarten in her campaign and wants to keep appropriating capital-outlay funds for local projects. …

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