Every Friday, we feature a Story of the Week from The Mustang student newspaper. This week highlights the news that Western New Mexico University student and soon-to-be graduate Thomas A. Durham II intends to run for office.
Durham aims to take Steve Pearce’s place in the second Congressional District of New Mexico and will begin the process of filing and campaigning immediately after graduation.
The Louisiana native grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He attended Texas A&M Corpus Christi for several semesters then worked for San Antonio Water Systems. Thomas served two years in the Air Force before eventually moving back to San Antonio and working for USAA. In 2012, Durham moved to Silver City to live closer to his father and stepmother. He briefly worked on a hurricane relief project then returned to Silver City and enrolled at WNMU.
Involved in many community organizations, he served as President of the Young Democrats of Grant County on campus and is currently Vice President of Sigma Tau Delta and Vice President of the Table Top Gaming Society. Durham was elected to the New Mexico State Central Committee for the Democratic Party, appointed to the Grant County Democratic Party Executive Council and is Vice President of the SWNM Chapter of the ACLU.