Now Prang is running for reelection, and, as is usually the case in these races, he's being opposed by a number of his subordinates who believe they can do the job better than he has. The three challengers -- John Loew, Krish Kumar and Sandy Sun -- all exude competence in their fields, and they have a number of good ideas for how the office ought to operate. But none of them has Prang's experience as manager. And while he may lack their real-estate acumen, he has run the department effectively and deserves another term.
"The big factor for me is the fact that this money is not just for Lea County," he said. "We get about one-third of this money. The other two thirds goes to the hospital district, to the school districts and to the junior college. There are 10 different taxing entities that share this money. I don't think we have the right to give away other people's money -- and that's basically what we're doing.