By Mike Cook
Early voting in Doña Ana County and throughout New Mexico begins Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Statewide and local candidates are on the ballot, along with three state constitutional amendments, four City of Las Cruces general obligation (GO) bond questions and three City of Sunland Park GO bond questions.
- Tuesday, Oct. 11: Mail-in and online voter registration ends. Same day voter registration begins. Absent voting begins. Early voting begins at the Doña Ana County Government Center.
- Saturday, Oct. 22: Expanded early voting begins.
- Tuesday, Nov 3: Last day to submit an application for an absentee ballot.
- Saturday, Nov 5: Early voting ends.
- Tuesday, Nov 8: Election day. Last day for same day voter registration. All absentee ballots must be received by 7 pm
EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS
- Tuesday, Oct. 11-Saturday, Nov 5, will be available at the Doña Ana County Government Center, 945 N. Motel Blvd., 8 am-5 pm Monday-Friday and 11 am-7 pm Saturday, Nov. 5
- Saturday, Oct. 22-Saturday, Nov 5 (open 11 am-7 pm Tuesday-Saturday):
Anthony, New Mexico: Anthony City Hall Municipal Complex, 820 Highway 478
Sunland Park: Dona Ana Community College–Sunland Park, 3365 McNutt Road
Chaparral: Delores C. Wright Educational Center, 400 E. Lisa Drive
hatch: Hatch High School, 170 E Herrera Road
Mesilla: Mesilla Town Hall, 2231 Avenida de Mesilla
Las Cruces: Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main St.; Sonoma Elementary School, 4201 Northrise Drive; Corbett Center Student Union, 1600 International Mall, NMSU campus; Dona Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd.
(I) DENOTES INCUMBENT
US House of Representatives NM02
Democrat: Gabriel Vasquez, Las Cruces
Eliseo Luna (write-in), Roswell
Republican: Yvette Herrell, Alamogordo (IT)
Democrat: Michelle Lujan Grisham and Howie C. Morales, Albuquerque and Silver City (I)
Republican: Mark V. Ronchetti and Anthony L. “Ant” Thornton, Albuquerque and Sandia Park
Libertarian: Karen Evette Bedonie and Efren Gallardo, Jr., Navajo, NM, and Albuquerque
Secretary of State
Democrat: Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Santa Fe (I)
Republican: Audrey Trujillo, Corrales
Libertarian: Mayna Erika Myers, Hobbs
Democrat: Raul Torrez, Albuquerque
Republican: Jeremy Gay, Gallup
NOTE: Incumbent Democrat Hector Balderas is term limited
Democrat: Joseph M. Maestas, Santa Fe
Libertarian: Travis Sanchez, Rio Rancho
NOTE: Incumbent Democrat Brian Colon ran unsuccessfully for attorney general
Democrat: Laura M Montoya, Rio Rancho
Republican: Harry B. Montoya, Santa Fe
NOTE: Incumbent Democrat Tim Eichenberg is term limited
Commissioner of Public Lands
Democrat: Stephanie Garcia Richard, Los Alamos/Santa Fe (I)
Republican: Jefferson L. Byrd, Tucumcari
DTS: Larry E. Marker (write-in), Roswell
Justice of the Supreme Court
Democrat: Julie J Vargas (I)
Republican: Thomas C Montoya
Democrat: Briana H. Zamora (I)
Republican: Kerry J. Morris
Supreme Court Justice Michael E. Vigil, Democrat
Judge of the Court of Appeals
Democrat: Gerald E. Baca (I)
Republican: Barbara V Johnson
Libertarian: Sophie I Cooper
Democrat: Katherine Anne Wray (I)
Republican: Gertrude Lee
Libertarian: Stephen P. Curtis
Public Education Commission
Republican: Stewart Alan Ingham, Albuquerque
Incumbent Republican Michael Chavez did not seek re-election
Democrat: Patricia E. Gipson, Las Cruces (I)
Third Judicial District Court Judge
Democrat: Robert Lara
Incumbent Democrat Jessica Streeter lost in the primary
Democrat: Casey Fitch (I)
Dona Ana County Magistrates Court
Democrat: Samantha L. Madrid (I)
Democrat: Linda L. Flores (I)
Democrat: Rebecca C. Duffin (I)
Democrat: Bryan Michael Gelecki
NOTE: Incumbent Democrat Norman Osborn did not seek re-election
Kent Wingenroth (I)
Democrat: Joel Cano (I)
Democrat: G. Alexander Rossario (I)
Democrat: Candie G. Sweetser, Deming (I)
Republican: Jennifer Marie Jones, Deming
Democrat: Micaela Lara Cadena, Mesilla (I)
Republican: Charles R. Wendler
Democrat: Ray Lara, Chamberino (I)
Republican: Mark W. Vieth (write-in), La Mesa
Democrat: Angelica Rubio, Las Cruces (I)
Republican: Richelle A. Peugh Swafford, Las Cruces
Democrat: Nathan Small, Las Cruces (I)
Republican: Kimberly A. Skaggs, Las Cruces
Democrat: Joanne Ferrary, Las Cruces (I)
Republican: René Rodriguez, Las Cruces
Democrat: Tara Jaramillo, Socorro
Republican: Sandra Kay Hammack, San Antonio
NOTE: Incumbent Republican Rebecca Dow of Truth or Consequences ran for governor
Democrat: Doreen Gallegos, Las Cruces (I)
Republican: John Foreman, Las Cruces
Democrat: Willie Madrid, Chaparral (I)
Republican: Elizabeth Winterrowd, Las Cruces
Democrat: Christopher Chaljo-Hernandez, Las Cruces
NOTE: Incumbent Democrat Lynn Ellins lost in the primary
Democrat: Shannon Reynolds, Las Cruces (I)
Republican: Patricia “Susie” Kimble, Las Cruces
Democrat: Kim Stewart, Las Cruces (I)
Republican: Byron Hollister, Las Cruces
Democrat: Gina Montoya Ortega, Las Cruces
NOTE: Incumbent Democrat Leticia Duarte-Benavidez did not run for re-election
County Probate Judge
Democrat: Judith Ann Baca, Las Cruces
NOTE: Incumbent Democrat Diana Bustamante is term limited
PROPOSED STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
The New Mexico Legislature referred three constitutional amendments to the ballot:
- Allocate 1.25 percent of the five-year average of year-end market values of the money in the state Land Grant Permanent Fund to early childhood education services and the public school permanent fund
- Provide that a judge appointed to fill a vacancy be up for election at the first general election one year after the appointment
- Require state funds for infrastructure that provide household services to be approved by a majority vote in each chamber of the legislature.
STATE WIDE GENERAL
The legislature approved three bond issues totaling $259.7 million. The bond questions ask if voters statewide will approve funds for 1. senior citizen facility improvements, 2. public education and 3. public libraries.
GO BOND QUESTIONS
City of Las Cruces general obligation bond questions
Shall the City of Las Cruces issue general obligation bonds, payable from property taxes, in an amount up to
- $10,000,000 to acquire, plan, design, construct, and equip a new fire station facility (North of US Highway 70 and East of Interstate 25), including acquisition of necessary land?
- $5,000,000 to acquire, plan, design, construct, and equip the regional community recreation facility known as East Mesa Public Recreation Complex, including acquisition of necessary land?
- $6,000,000, and placed into the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, to provide resources to plan, design, construct, acquire, and preserve housing affordable for low to moderate income households, including acquisition of necessary land?
- $2,000,000 to renovate and improve existing parks and recreational facilities?
City of Sunland Park GO bond questions
Shall the City of Sunland Park issue general obligation bonds, payable from property taxes, in an amount up to
- $4,000,000 for construction of a regional recreation center, upgrade current parks, upgrade City Library and construction of a second library?
- Shall the City of Sunland Park issue general obligation bonds, payable from property taxes, in an amount up to $4,000,000 for design, construction of new public safety complex, the purchase of new fire ladder truck and other needed city vehicles?
- Shall the City of Sunland Park issue general obligation bonds, payable from property taxes, in an amount up to $4,000,000 for work on existing roads, new construction of roadways (see attachment “A”) and wastewater infrastructure on?