Eighteen candidates submit candidacies for the region’s political seats
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The 2022 primary election filing day for regional elections ended Tuesday night with many incumbents seeking re-election and several people, including Chaves County Sheriff Mike Herrington, running unopposed.
The filings are unofficial, as the candidate qualification process will continue until March 15, which is also the day for filing candidates in writing.
The Chaves County Elections Officer emphasized the importance of turnout.
“I think every election is important,” Chaves County Elections Office Chief Casey Higgins said. “When you have the right to vote, why not vote? I believe this is important if you want your voice to be heard.
Early voting will begin on May 10, which is also the first day mail-in ballots will be mailed to those who have submitted mail-in ballot requests. Voting day will be June 7. Voting day for the general election is November 8.
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The primary election involves more than county or multi-county offices. In New Mexico, it also includes three congressional seats; the governor, lieutenant governor, and other state executive offices; and five judicial seats on the New Mexico Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
Candidates for these positions were required to file on February 1. A list of these nominees is available online at the New Mexico Secretary of State’s website, sos.state.nm.us.
The primary vote in New Mexico is limited to voters registered with the three largest parties in the state — Democrat, Libertarian and Republican — but those registered as state decliners or with other parties can switch voters. here on May 10 if they wish to participate, Higgins said. People can also register to vote now and until voting day, as same-day registration is permitted.
The following people filed for area races on Tuesday.
New Mexico House of Representatives
District 54, which covers parts of Chaves, Eddy and Otero counties, has incumbent and former oil and gas executive James G. Townsend of Artesia running unopposed at this point.
District 58, covering Chaves County, sees longtime incumbent and local rancher Candy Spence Ezzell seek re-election. She is unopposed at this time. A Republican, she has held the seat since 2005.
For District 59, Roswell incumbent and attorney Greg Nibert, a Republican, takes on Republican opponent Tracy D. Delarosa. She chose not to provide additional information at this time.
Republican Andrea R. Reeb of Clovis has filed for the District 64 seat. She is the retired district attorney for the 9th Judicial District. The district covers parts of Curry, Chaves, and Roosevelt counties.
For District 66, which covers parts of Chaves, Eddy and Lea counties, Republican Jimmy G. Mason of Artesia filed, as did Libertarian Andrew G. Kennedy of Loco Hills. Kennedy is an elected member of the Central Valley Soil & Water Conservation Board and works in ranching, agriculture, and the petroleum industry. Mason has owned Benny’s Western Wear since 1972 and is running for public office for the first time.
Judge of the 5th Judicial District
By the end of filing day, Republican David E. Finger, magistrate judge in Lea County, and Democrat Eileen P. Riordan, incumbent, had filed for the Division 1 seat in Lea County. ‘Eddie.
Chaves County Magistrate Judge
For Division 1, race, Republican and incumbent KC Rogers is seeking re-election to a seat he has held since August 2013.
In Division 2, incumbent EJ Fouratt opted not to run again. Two Republicans are vying for the seat, James Mason, a lieutenant in the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office and a law enforcement officer for 20 years, and Nicole Rogers, a supervisor of animal services for the city of Roswell and a former center lieutenant Chaves County detention center.
Chaves County Board of Commissioners
Two of the five seats on the Board of Commissioners are vacant this year.
For District 1, Republican Dara Dana of Dexter, also a former state legislator, is seeking reelection to a second term.
The District 5 headquarters has been open since incumbent Will Cavin was removed from office, after serving two four-year terms. Two Republicans are seeking the seat so far, Michael Jack Perry and Matthew B. Rael. Rael worked for the New Mexico Department of Children, Youth and Families for approximately 20 years and is seeking public office for the first time. Perry could not immediately be reached for comment.
In other races, Republican incumbents run unopposed. Mike Herrington is seeking re-election to a second term as Chaves County Sheriff, and Chaves County Assessor Sandra Stewart is running for the position to which she was appointed in April 2021 after retiring of former appraiser Mark Willard.
Outgoing probate judge Clarke Coll of Roswell, a local attorney, is seeking re-election.
To follow coverage of this election and other elections of local and regional interest, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/elections/.
Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or to [email protected]