Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Hopefuls Sum Up Races.

Byline: Jeremy Pawloski Journal Staff Writer


Area Legislative Seats Will Be on Ballots

With Tuesday's elections closing in, West Side legislative candidates are nearing the end of a busy campaign season.

In Senate District 9, Democrat Brad Hays faces Republican Steve Komadina in a contest for the seat being vacated by Sen. Pauline Eisenstadt, D-Corrales.

Hays, a lawyer and former state Democratic chairman, said Thursday he is tired as he nears the end of what he says has been a tough but clean campaign.

Hays said a major difference between himself and Komadina, a Corrales obstetrician/gynecologist, is with education. Komadina supports school vouchers, while Hays said he does not. Hays also said the state could do more to improve education by raising teacher salaries.

"It's kind of absurd to expect excellence in a system where you're paying people a third of what they're worth," Hays said.

Komadina could not be reached for comment Thursday.

District 23 state Sen. Joe Carraro, R-Albuquerque, who faces a challenge from Libertarian Ronald E. Bjornstad, said he has not been able to devote as much time to campaigning as he usually does. …

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