Here’s where the DASO candidates stand on border policing and county politics

Kim Stewart, left, and Byron Hollister, right, are both running for Doña Ana County Sheriff.

LAS CRUCES – County politics and the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office’s role in border policing are two of the most significant issues this year as voters consider who should be the next sheriff.

The race pits the incumbent, Sheriff Kim Stewart of Las Cruces (D) against former U.S. Marshall Captain Byron Hollister of Las Cruces (R). Stewart, who’s held the seat since 2018 and bested a former New Mexico State Police Captain in the Democratic primary, garnered the most votes in the primary last March. Hollister earned the second-highest vote count, setting up a competitive race in November.

But a lot has changed since March.

That big table on the Border

Over the summer, dozens of migrants seeking entry into the United States crossed into the U.S. and made national news in the process. In addition, the crossings helped reignite the debate over DASO’s role in policing the border.

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