Lamy resident and former Santa Fe school board member Jarratt Applewhite is running against state Rep. Matthew McQueen of Galisteo, an attorney who has represented the district since 2015. Applewhite says he’s not running against McQueen per se.
In fact, the two agree on several major issues. At a candidate forum last month, they found common ground on prioritizing economic development, opening up primary elections to all voters regardless of party affiliation, promoting renewable energy and supporting women’s reproductive rights.
Applewhite, 67, said he’s running against the two-party system. The former Democrat who served on the Santa Fe school board in the 1990s said he became an independent about 10 years ago. “I’ve seen both parties abandon their middles and become more extreme,” he said. “And I’ve watched the primary process become the only elections that count.”