Former candidate pleads no contest to stalking

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A former New Mexico Congressional candidate who was accused of stalking a political rival and slashing her tires has pleaded no contest to felony stalking.

Gary Smith entered his plea in court Tuesday.

Police say Smith slashed tires of two vehicles outside Janice Arnold-Jones’ home in December 2012.

A resulting lawsuit got Smith kicked off the 2012 primary ballot.

In January, Smith was indicted for aggravated stalking or harassment, criminal damage to property and tampering with a motor vehicle. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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