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Candidates file for mayor, City Council races; Only one race is uncontested as 13 residents file for council, four for mayoral races

City Clerk Sharon Coll and Deputy City Clerk Stephanie Garay review declarations of candidacy Tuesday afternoon. Four candidates filed for mayor and 13 candidates filed for five City Council races up for election on March 6. (Alison Penn Photo)

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County Clerk Sharon Coll and Deputy Clerk Stephanie Garay worked all day long Tuesday at City Hall processing declarations of candidacy for four candidates for mayor and 13 for City Council.

On Thursday at 5:01 pm, the order of candidates on ballots will be determined when candidates will draw for ballot placement in each race for the March 6 elections.

For the mayoral candidates, Natasha Mackey came in first Tuesday, followed by Sergio Gonzalez, incumbent Mayor Dennis Kintigh, and former Mayor Del Jurney.

In Ward 1, Jeffrey Cabana came in at 8 a.m., Catarino Munoz followed along with Alfredo Dominguez III. Jacob Roebuck arrived later in the day to declare his candidacy.

For Ward 2, Caleb Grant declared his candidacy first thing in the morning. Bonnie Bizter of Ward 1 had picked up a packet beforehand, but did not declare Tuesday.

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Grant is therefore running unopposed for re-election. It is the first uncontested race in the typically competitive Ward 2 since 2004, when all five City Council candidates ran unopposed across five wards.

“In a way, I am disappointed I am running uncontested,” Grant said at City Hall Tuesday afternoon. “I know there are only two ways to run and that’s either — unopposed or scared. I am humbled a little bit to that it has been so long in Ward 2 where it hasn’t been a contested race. Hopefully, I feel like I have a good pulse on Ward 2 and the community with serving on the council last couple years as well as you know my day job. We serve a lot of families in our community and that gives me a pretty good, broad perspective on many issues that I think families in Roswell see every day. I am happy and glad to serve another four years on the council and excited about a lot of work that still needs to be done. I know everyone else will have their races to run.”

In Ward 3, a dynamic race with three known candidates got a new twist when Tarra Morgan added her name to list of Ward 3 candidates. Those running in Ward 3 are incumbent Art Sandoval and challengers Richard Garcia and Judy Stubbs.

City Councilor Jason Perry’s Ward 4 stayed quiet until Tuesday when Whitney R. Hamil and George Peterson declared their candidacies.

Previously uncontested in Ward 5, Councilor Tabitha Denny declared in the morning and will be running opposed by Angela G. Moore.

As of Tuesday night, all candidates have been certified to live in their respective wards and are qualified electors.

Candidates also filed campaign reports Tuesday, covering contributions in the previous 45 days.

Mackey led the mayoral pack, reporting $7,000 of contributions. Kintigh reported $2,775 of contributions, Jurney reported $1,170 of contributions, and Gonzalez reported no contributions.

Garcia reported $1,000 of contributions, Roebuck reported $800, and Stubbs reported $100. No other candidates reported any campaign contributions in the past 45 days.

City reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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