Andrews Group Has New Plan to Legalize Alcohol Sales

By: Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

ANDREWS - Just two weeks after people in Andrews cheered when two propositions to legalize alcohol sales didn't pass, Promote Andrews is already working on a new plan to make the county wet.

"No surprise," Kevin Bullard, who wants to keep Andrews dry, said. "They told us if it didn't pass, they would do it again."

"I think the Andrews residents support this and what we've heard is a cry for legalization here in the county," Timothy Gannaway with Promote Andrews and the Wet is Best campaign said.

The group only lost by a small margin to bring alcohol into restaurants and convenience stores.

That's why Gannaway with the Wet is Best campaign says a divide and conquer approach will work.

"Based on the voting results of 2007 and 2010, we believe the majority of the residents in precincts 1 and 4 would support a legalization effort in 2011," Gannaway said.

The group is working on a petition and gathering support online. They think they'll need about 500 to 600 signatures to get the issue on the ballot.

Anyone who signs the new petition better be prepared to go public, because the Andrews County News says it will post all of the signature in their paper. It's legal, but the Wet is Best Campaign doesn't think it's right.

"I believe it's there intent to discourage people from signing the petition," Gannaway said. "I don't think it's going to be affective at all, I think it's going to encourage people to sign the petition."

"I wouldn't be intimidated, but I don't know," Rebecca Armijo, who is for a wet County, said. "A lot of people may be, but I believe we have a right to speak our minds and decide what we want in our community."

The paper says it's not about intimidation, and those for keeping Andrews dry think it's a good idea.

"If they want to do that then more power to them," Ray Thornburg, who is for a dry County, said. "I believe we have enough people in Andrews to shut it down if they bring it back up again."

"What they're asking for now is everything," Bullard said. "The people who voted who said, 'I want to go into a restaurant and get a glass of wine with my dinner' aren't saying 'we want bars and night clubs and everything else in Andrews.'"

Both sides are planning for a tough fight, but they won't know if the divide and conquer plan will work until May.