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Coal miner heads to the N.M. Legislature


Anthony Allison

In a nailbiting Nov. 6 race, Democrat Anthony Allison was trailing three-term Republican incumbent Sharon Clahchischilliage in votes at 9 p.m. But by midnight that had turned around dramatically and he claimed victory, winning the New Mexico House of Representatives District 4 seat.

“The thing I’m looking forward to the most is bringing results to my district and the people who have been neglected,” said Allison, who will serve the northwestern swath of the Navajo Nation, San Juan County and parts of Farmington. “I want them to know that we will make progress.

“There’s a lot of money available to indigenous nations,” said Allison, who plans to work with local leaders and chapter officials to secure some of that for the Navajo Nation. “I want the people in my district to get what they deserve.”

The mild-mannered Allison describes himself as a “simple coal-miner” who was “never interested in politics,” but that changed in 2014 when Chris Deschene ran for Navajo Nation president, which led to the ensuing debacle and his disqualification over language fluency.

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