Chozet has also been vocal about mischaracterizations of the border. In an article dated May 25, 2011 on the ACLU of New Mexico's website, she called on Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West to be "more responsible and honest in his characterization of the border region, so as not to create a charged atmosphere in which residents shoot first and ask questions later."
Chozet wrote the article as a response to an incident in Hudspeth County where a rancher shot two men, whom he alleged were trespassing. The two men, father and son, said they took a wrong turn, were unaware they were trespassing and were shot at by the rancher without warning.
West, a month before the shooting, had called on residents to "arm themselves" because of spillover violence from Mexico. He's also told lawmakers he's concerned terrorists from the Middle East are working with Mexican criminal organizations.
"It is impossible not to wonder whether this incident is a consequence of the increasingly charged atmosphere created by exaggerated and irresponsible descriptions of border violence by elected officials at every level," Chozet wrote about the trespassing shooting.
The new commissioner for now is focusing on restoring public trust.
"I'm really hopeful that I can help the county and my residents start to heal. That?s most important for me. So I just don't want to spend too much time looking back at what happened and just move forward and do it in a better way. It's a huge responsibility and I understand that and I?m one of those people who has lost a lot of faith in our government representatives so I know what it's like. I don't know that I'll be able to turn things around in the few months that I have but I?m sure going to try," she said.
Chozet is the first woman commissioner in precinct three. There have only been three commissioners to hold that office in the last 50 years. The last two, Miguel Teran and Gandara, had their offices raided by federal agencies. Teran was implicated in the FBI's public corruption investigation but never charged with a crime.
According to City documents, City Rep. Steve Ortega had named Chozet to the Museum and Cultural Affairs Advisory Board in summer 2011 to serve an unexpired term to fill the vacancy left by Anna Pilhoefer.
Four people are running for Gandara's Commissioners Court seat. They are Vincent Perez, the former Communication Director for Congressman Silvestre Reyes, current State Rep. Chente Quintanilla, logistical consultant Rudy Loya and Oaxaca, who until Wednesday was Gandara's senior assistant.