Two more candidates have jumped in the ring for the District 4 seat on the Roswell Independent School District’s school board.
Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dave Kunko, Chaves County clerk; Cindy Fuller, chief deputy county clerk; Casey Higgins, bureau of elections chief, and other staff walked along the counter at the County Clerk’s office, assisting potential candidates and proxies with the filing process.
Write-in candidate filing day is Sept. 3, early voting begins Oct. 8 and the election is Nov. 5.
Two large posterboards showed municipal offices and school board positions, while others listed potential supervisors for soil and water conservation districts.
Challenging District 4 incumbent Ruben Sanchez are Hilda Sanchez, retired RISD educator and principal, and Sergio Gonzalez, a former U.S. Marine. Both filed their candidacy within less than an hour of each other at the Chaves County Administration office on Tuesday afternoon.
“It is time for open and accountable leadership,” Hilda Sanchez wrote in a statement. “One of the most important roles of the school board is to hold the superintendent accountable and to make sure she leads the district in the best interest of all the stakeholders.”
This will be Hilda Sanchez’s first run for public office. She said providing a way for RISD employees to communicate more freely and creating “a long-term vision that maps out positive learning opportunities for all students” supported by the school board will be important to her if elected.
“Because I’ve been running for the past three years, this will be four that I’m here for them, for whatever they need,” Gonzalez said of those he would represent. “That should be enough to let them know that hey, this is a serious candidate, so he wants to be involved with the community. He wants to give back to the community and I think (this) is the way to do it, so I just think it is very important for people to run.”
Gonzalez said he intends to “represent the youth to the best of my ability and to be a strong leader, strong voice” if elected to the school board. Previously, he has run for the Ward 5 seat on the Roswell City Council, for County Commission and for Roswell mayor.
Ruben Sanchez announced his intention to run for re-election to the Daily Record on Monday. He filed at 11:42 a.m. on Tuesday.
District 2 Incumbent Dr. Kathleen Pittman and challenger Hope Morales’ names were filed on the posterboard before 4 p.m. Pittman said she filed around 10 a.m. and Morales confirmed that she filed via a proxy earlier that day.
No new names were added for the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell College Board, therefore Mireya Trujillo in District 1, Ralph Fresquez in District 4 and Carleton Avery in District 5 — the candidates currently filed — will each need only one vote to secure their positions.
Outside of Roswell, Dexter Consolidated Schools have the following board candidates: James Salas and Michael Gomez for Position 1, Russell Sterling Neeld and Cynthia Amaya for Position 2 and Kristie Regalado and Andrea Wenner McGarrah for Position 3.
Hagerman Municipal Schools have Christopher Michael Pilley for Position 1, Destry Moss and Jerry Flores for position 3 and Jeniffer Salazar for position 4.
Maria Ordonez filed for Hagerman Municipal Judge and Mark Lovas was the only candidate for one of the two open city council positions.
Lake Arthur had zero candidates file for municipal judge or three councilor positions.
However, Lake Arthur Municipal schools had Cynthia Buck filed for Position 2, Edward Rubio for Position 3, Amanda Lodza and Gene Albert Bassett for Position 4; no one filed for Position 5.
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