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Many states are planning on drastically different elections this year and mail-in ballots could be a big game changer.

USA TODAY

LAS CRUCES – State Rep. Nathan Small, D-Doña Ana, is being challenged by schoolteacher Brandi Polanco for the District 36 seat in the New Mexico House.

Small, a former Las Cruces city councilor and a conservationist, was first elected to the seat in 2016. He’s seeking his third two-year term. The state representative is married to U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M.

The district covers parts of northwest Doña Ana County.

The Democratic candidate is running on a platform which includes investing in education — such as raising teacher pay and boosting classroom budgets —  improving access to health care, creating jobs, protecting public land and making it easier for residents to get hunting licenses.

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