New Mexico Candidates Tour Ready Roast Peanuts in Portales

New Mexico

She served as a cabinet secretary for three different New Mexico governors and now she wants the title.

Democratic Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham and other political candidates and elected officials toured half a dozen locations across the Land of Enchantment.

She was strapped with her New Mexico cowboy boots, hair covered and protected, and the desire to learn about small businesses like Ready Roast Peanuts.

“This is a great example about how we can grow New Mexico’s economies,” said Rep. Lujan-Grisham. “So you’ve got this incredible business, Ready Roast. I got a tour of the operation, so I get a sense of  how peanuts get delivered here from the farms, what happens to them, to sort them, to shell them, and get them ready for distribution.” 

This company was one of six stops for the congresswoman, Senator Howie Morales, State Auditor candidate Brian Colón and many others. It is all part of their Jobs and Leadership Tour across the state.

“I thought it was very nice for her to come … obviously, Portales is a smaller community, relatively speaking to, you know, the Albuquerque, the Santa Fe’s of the world. But it was nice that she could come and show her support for small business for the agriculture,” said Director of Operations for Ready Roast Peanuts, Ryan Severson.

It is the second largest economic driver in the state and Rep. Lujan-Grisham said she believes New Mexico can do more.

“The notion that for the last eight years, we’ve done absolutely nothing to shore this up and the fact that we’re in extreme drought, so we’ve made it really difficult for these businesses to succeed. That has always separated me from opponents, just like my current opponent for governor. I know how government should work,” said Rep. Lujan-Grisham.

Lujan-Grisham is competing against Republican Steve Pearce. 

Finding qualified workers is constantly what Severson told us they are on the lookout for, as well as having partnerships with their local and state government.

Severson also said they are looking to enhance the partnership with the New Mexico government to help them thrive as a business, as well as create jobs for the community.

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