Election Day is rolling around on the calendar, and if you want to run for local office, this is how you do it. The day for candidates to file is Aug. 24.
Towns, school districts and other boards are all holding elections Nov. 2, under the 2018 Local Elections Act, which consolidated small elections like school boards to odd-numbered years, to be held on the first Tuesday in November.
In Tijeras, two council seats are up for election, with four-year terms.
In Edgewood, the town is changing from its current mayor-council format to that of commission-manager, electing all five seats to what will become the town commission on Jan. 1, 2022. Two of those seats are for two-year terms, and three are four-year terms. The municipal judge position is also open with a four-year term.
In Moriarty, two council positions and the municipal judge position are up for election, all with four-year terms.
Estancia has the mayor’s position, with a four-year term, and three slots on its board of trustees open. One position will finish the last two years of a four-year term and the other two trustees will be elected to four-year terms. The municipal judge position is also open in Estancia, also with a four-year term.
The Estancia and Mountainair school boards will also be electing positions, all with four-year terms. Three spots are open in Estancia, and two in Mountainair.
Mountainair will be electing a mayor and two councilors, along with a municipal judge, all with four-year terms.
Willard will elect a mayor and two councilors, all with four-year terms.
In addition to municipal elections, the Moriarty-Edgewood School District has two positions with four-year terms open; Ciudad Soil & Water Conservation District has two positions with four-year terms open; Edgewood SWCD also has two positions with four-year terms open; Claunch-Pinto SWCD will elect two board members with four-year terms, as will the East Torrance SWCD.
To become a candidate, a person must file a declaration of candidacy at the County Clerk’s office in which they are registered to vote between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Aug. 24.
That declaration may not be amended once filed, and the declaration of candidacy has to be delivered to the County Clerk in person, or by a person carrying written authorization from the candidate to do so, according to the Secretary of State’s guide for candidates.
To run for office a person has to be registered to vote in the district in which they wish to run as of the date the proclamation calling a local election is filed by the Secretary of State. That date was Aug. 4, 2021.
Write-in candidates may file between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Aug. 31, also with the County Clerk’s office in the county in which they are registered to vote.
New Mexico law outlines requirements for candidates to have their name printed on the ballot, based on voter registration information. A candidate’s voter registration must show:
• For offices with district or county residency requirements, eligibility is based on the address as of the date of the election proclamation, Aug. 4, 2021.
• Residency is determined by the place shown on voter registration as the candidate’s permanent address, provided that the candidate resides on the premises.
• The candidate’s name will appear on the ballot the way it appears on voter registration records, and changing the way it appears on the ballot is not allowed.
Additional requirements may be in place by the municipality, and some races may require nominating petitions.
Those convicted of a felony are not permitted to hold public office in New Mexico, under state law, unless that person has a certificate verifying completion of the sentence or the granting of a pardon, or a certificate by the governor restoring that person’s full rights of citizenship.
In the event a candidate wants to withdraw from the race, that must be done by Aug. 31.
Tips from the Secretary of State for candidates include a reminder that declarations of candidacy will only be accepted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Aug. 24, and must be filed with the proper filing officer.
The Secretary of State recommends finding out who that is ahead of time, and making sure that all documents are completed ahead of time. Some documents may require a notarized signature. To find out who the appropriate filing officer is, contact 505-827-3600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.