Want to run for town office? Deadlines loom

Municipal elections to be held in March

The year 2016 is an election year—all year long. It will start with municipal elections in March; that’s before the June primary election and the November general election.

Deadlines are approaching for those wishing to run for local elected office.

The first election in the new year, however, will be a special bond for Mountainair schools, with voting to happen Feb. 2.

That bond election would levy a property tax of $2 per $1,000 of taxable property value for school improvements. A call to the school district for details had not been answered by the time The Independent went to press.

In order to vote in that special election, residents must register to vote by 5 p.m. on Jan. 5. In addition, voters must live in the Mountainair School District to vote, and only those who live in the school district would be affected by the tax increase, according to the Torrance county clerk’s office.

That same date, Jan. 5, is the day that those wishing to run for office in the area’s municipalities must formally declare their intentions to run for office.

Municipal elections are run by town clerks.

In Edgewood, three seats are up for grabs: the mayor’s office, currently held by Brad Hill; two council seats, now held by John Abrams and Sherry Abraham; and the municipal judge position now held by Bill White.

In Tijeras, the mayor’s seat held by Gloria Chavez is up for re-election. Two seats on the village council are as well: those currently held by Maxine Wilson and Don Johnson.

In Moriarty, three council seats are up for election.

Dennis Shanfeldt was appointed to finish the term of Larry Gallant, who resigned his seat early this year. Two additional council seats, now held by Steve Anaya and Bobby Ortiz, will also be up, as will the municipal judge position now held by Dorothy Encinias.

In Estancia, Mayor Sylvia Chavez will finish the term to which she was appointed, and her position won’t be up for election for two more years.

Stella Chavez was appointed to replace Sylvia Chavez on the town board of trustees, and that two-year term is up for re-election. Another seat on that board of trustees, held by Josie Chavez, will be open, according to town clerk Debra Kelly.

In Willard, two village council seats, currently held by Ricardo Garcia and Lorine A. Mendez, are open to candidates.

Calls to Mountainair were not returned by the time The Independent went to press.