Deming State Rep. Honored as a Guardian of Small Business

Date: September 01, 2022

Candie Sweetser praised for her courage to stand with Main Street enterprises

Contact: Jason Espinoza, State Director, [email protected]
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, [email protected]

DEMING, N.M., Sept. 1, 2022—The nation’s voice of small business on Tuesday awarded State Rep. Candie Sweetser its highest honor by naming her a Guardian of Small Business for her leadership and voting record during the 2021-2022 session of the New Mexico State Legislature.

Sweetser was presented her Guardian Award at NFIB-member business, D.H. Lescombes Winery, whose winery facility is nestled in the heart of the Mimbres Valley in Deming, located in southwest New Mexico, America’s oldest wine-producing region.

“NFIB’s prestigious Guardian of Small Business Award is reserved for legislators who vote consistently with small business on key issues identified by small-business owners,” said Jason Espinoza, New Mexico state director for NFIB, which named Sweetser a Guardian of Small Business. Particularly noteworthy, according to Espinoza, is her courage to stand with small business even if it means not voting with her caucus.

Every elected official claims to be a friend of small business, but NFIB’s congressional and state legislative voting records separate the doers from the talkers. For the 2021-2022 session, New Mexico state representatives were graded on their votes on eleven issues (seven voted on in both chambers, three in the House only, and one in the Senate only). Sweetser earned a perfect, 100-percent, pro-small-business voting record. A brief description of each bill and every lawmaker’s vote on them can be read here.

Sweetser’s 32nd State House District includes parts of Grant, Hidalgo and Luna Counties. She and her family make their home in Deming.

Espinoza praised Sweetser for a commitment to small business that transcends her work in the Roundhouse. “She’s unwavering in her commitment to the economic vitality of small business,” he said. “She is accessible to small businesses in her community and has participated in small business roundtables with NFIB. Sweetser is a champion of small business.”

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State Rep. Candie Sweetser, left, is presented her Guardian Award by Jamie Walsh, right, of NFIB-member business D.H. Lescombes Winery

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