This election year, we’ve heard from New Mexico families in KUNM’s Voices Behind the Vote series.
In our final installment, we meet an Albuquerque man who is a vigorous defender of 2nd amendment gun rights and believes these rights are connected to other rights in a democracy. He also makes a distinction between issues of the head and issues of the heart.
Tom Tomasi is a bit soft spoken but he has strong opinions about politics. He spends most days working for the federal government, but he also runs his own business as a firearms instructor in Albuquerque.
The KUNM Voices Behind the Vote series features intimate conversations with New Mexicans about the issues they care about most this election season. On a recent Friday morning, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel met up with Abdu Wakil Cyeef Din and headed to a Motor Vehicle Division office in Albuquerque.
Brianne Bigej has been really busy the past few years. She just finished law school at the University of New Mexico. Her partner, Eric Tomala is an academic advisor at UNM. He started a doctoral program in the Sociology department this fall. After work and school, Brianne and Eric try to squeeze in some time for fixing up a house they bought in Albuquerque in 2009.
BRIANNE: with all home projects, you have to have time and money…three years out will still have little bits and pieces left…laughing….
Next in our Voices Behind the Vote series, we go to Texico, New Mexico, near the border with Texas. Rita Daniels: On a drizzly afternoon, I'm making my way into Texico, New Mexico, 16 miles east of Clovis, seeing signs for Romney/Ryan; no Obama signs out here. On a drizzly afternoon, I met Mark and Twilla Koss Twilla Koss: I'm Twilla KossMark Koss: Mark Koss
If it’s a school day, chances are you’ll find crossing guard Tony Orosco manning his post on the corner of Lomas and Edith, keeping a keen eye out for school zone speeders. Armed with a small stop sign, a day-glow orange vest and one very loud whistle. Tony does his best to remind drivers to slow down when passing Longfellow Elementary School.
Tony and his fellow crossing guards are an essential part of a safe commute for many young students here, because this section of Lomas is 6 lanes wide and that 15 mile an hour speed limit is not always observed.