1st District: Darren White — We are going to ask voters to set aside the attack ads of the last few weeks and the partisanship of the last eight years, to instead focus on the dedication and work ethic needed to represent them as a freshman in Congress. The candidate who has proven he has both is Darren White.
The Republican is conversant on the big issues facing our nation, from the economy (create jobs and cut taxes) to energy (put everything on the table to ensure independence) to the war (pressure Iraq and get U.S. troops home). But his life of public service shows he does more than talk — he makes his own decisions and will hit the D.C. ground running.
White served in the Army's elite 82nd Airborne Division. He pounded a beat as a street cop. He served in a governor's Cabinet as secretary of Public Safety. He's been elected Bernalillo County sheriff twice and delivered a responsive and responsible department. And the epitome of how he operates lies in his response to Hurricane Katrina. White didn't defend or bemoan the federal response; he waded in, leading a team to help survivors.
As sheriff, he says, "You deal with people's problems. At the end of the day you need to solve them."
Voters should elect White's experience and character to tackle the country's problems in Washington.