Democrats Vasquez and Patel disagree on health care and pre-primary guns

Darshan Patel and Gabi Vasquez run for Congress as Democrats in New Mexico District 2.

Former Las Cruces City Council member Gabi Vasquez and Dr. Darshan Patel, a rural physician and labor union leader, are vying for the Democratic nomination in the congressional district on June 2. Whoever wins the primaries will face US First Vice President Yvette Herrell, RN.M. , in the general election this fall.

While CD2 has traditionally been a red seat, it was highlighted as a more likely Democratic district by the Cook Political Report after redistricting last year.

The Sun News I asked the lead candidates about their positions on a number of key issues in the video interviews.

The candidates differed on what they expected to be the country’s most pressing element in their upcoming terms in Congress, if elected.

Patel cited the legislative deadlock, which he said has stalled the passage of bills and blocked compromise on issues where there is general consensus, as the biggest issue that needs to be addressed. Vasquez said inflation and the economy are likely to be the biggest issues going forward.