Republican Candidates Prepare to Square off in Wichita Co. Commissioner Pct. 2 Runoff

- The only Wichita County race left on the runoff ballot is the republican race for Commissioner Precinct 2.

None of the four candidates running in the Republic Primary received over 50% of the vote so the top two vote-getters are squaring  off once again.

Bill Lockwood and Lee Harvey campaigned hard in the March Primary election beat out the other two candidates to get into the runoff.

But for the runoff, the two republicans took a different approach to be on the November ballot for Wichita County Commissioner Precinct 2.

It's round two on the campaign trail for Republicans Bill Lockwood and Lee Harvey, Sr. 

Both are vying for the Wichita County Precinct 2 commissioner seat, held the past 16 years by Pat Norriss.

And following the March Primary election both have had a different approach to campaigning.

"I took a hiatus.  I got real involved with the BLM issue on the Red River.  I spent a lot of time trying to coordinate bringing the right people together.  Spent a lot of time with Mac Thornberry and Josh Martin, his chief of staff.  I have some relationships in the BLM that I've had for several years that I was able to kind of help facilitate Mac and the BLM.  I kind of got them together or on the same page at least where they could talk about the issue," Harvey says.

But Bill Lockwood says he did not take a break from the campaign trail.

"It's been a lot more intense simply because there's been a lot more personal contact.  The first time was more public events but now it's more personal contact, door to door.  I'm going out in the country talking to people,  visiting about the issues that concern them," Lockwood says.

And Lockwood says an issue he discussed while campaigning  in March was the fight by Red River landowners to keep their property from the Bureau of Land Management. He says back then people criticized him, saying it was a federal issue and not a local one.

"My comment on it is simply this, it is the county's prerogative to stand up against the federal government, such as is going on in New Mexico right now," adds Lockwood.

While the BLM Red River landowner fight is a hot button issue with both candidates, they believe the area's water woes and budgetary issues are also top concerns.

And each hopes voters will select them on May 27th and again in November, to tackle those issues as the Wichita County Precinct 2 commissioner.

The winner of this runoff will face will face democrat, Tom Bursey in the November general election.

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