Candidate Endorsements

The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce 2015 Candidate Endorsements for City of Las Cruces Races

As we work to fulfill our mission to “enhance and sustain the economy, promote the community and serve as the leading voice and public policy advocate for business in the Greater Las Cruces region” we are actively supporting pro-business candidates in all upcoming elections.

In order to arrive at objective candidate endorsements based on pro-business and pro-jobs criteria, the Greater Las Cruces Chamber’s Evaluation Committee conducted written and oral interviews with incumbents and challengers. The Candidate Evaluation Committee is a balanced panel of local business leaders with a keen sense of awareness of business, community and political issues. The Candidate Evaluation Committee then presented its recommendations to the Chamber Board, also a balanced panel of politically aware business leaders, who then decided on endorsements.

To have a healthy, growing community and a prospering economy that generates jobs as well as additional taxes for a vibrant quality of life, it is essential that local government adopt a pro-business culture that promotes the growth of business and expedites its development. The Greater Las Cruces Chamber will be the tip of the spear in representing the change that our community demands from local governmental bodies to create opportunity for every citizen.

The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce endorsements for the 2015 Las Cruces City Council race are:

City of Las Cruces Mayor                   
Miguel G. Silva    

City of Las Cruces Council -  District 1
Melecio Eli Guzman

City of Las Cruces Council -  District 2
Phillip A. Van Veen

City of Las Cruces Council -  District 4
Richard A. Hall

To see the candidates responses to the written portion of the interview process click the links below:

Mayoral candidates

District 1 candidates

District 2 candidates

District 4 candidates

The reasons to vote for pro-business candidates have never been clearer. The path we have been on is taking us the wrong direction as a community.

Financial website names Las Cruces one of country's poorest cities

Las Cruces MSA Report shows over 1300 jobs lost year to date

Las Cruces is in a full blown recession, Dr. Christopher A. Erickson, NMSU, Business Outlook October 2015 (Volume 13, Issue 10)


Election will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Early voting is going on now and takes place at City Hall, 200 N. Main St., Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Early voting ends Saturday, October 31st.

For more election and voting location information click here.