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Seventeen candidates file for Roswell city offices

Roswell City Clerk Sharon Coll looks over some papers at City Hall Tuesday afternoon, the official candidate filing date for the 2022 municipal elections. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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City of Roswell voters will have many candidates to choose from in the upcoming municipal elections, as a total of 17 people filed to run for mayor or for one of the five city council wards on Tuesday.

The mayoral and the Ward 4 races will be the most contested, with four candidates for mayor and five for Ward 4.

“I don’t think I have ever had that many candidates file in one election before,” said City Clerk Sharon Coll, who is coordinating her fifth municipal election.

She added that mayoral elections typically draw more voters than the years when city council seats and the municipal judge position are on the ballot, which will happen in 2024.

Tuesday was the filing date for candidates who want their names on the ballots. Write-in candidates can file Jan. 11.

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Coll said that all 17 candidates who filed Tuesday have been declared qualified to run for the seats.

The mayoral election will see incumbent Dennis J. Kintigh, a retired law enforcement officer who also has served as a New Mexico state legislator, seek his third term for the local office. He will face three challengers: rancher and former state legislator and county commissioner and current Chaves County Flood Commissioner Timothy Z. Jennings; magazine copy editor and community volunteer Guy Hamlin Malone; and former real estate business owner Eva I. Tellez.

Ward 1, in the central and east-central portion of the city, will be the only race in which an incumbent is not seeking re-election. Jacob Roebuck, owner of Roebuck Entertainment, who has served on the city council since 2018, said he has decided not to run at this point so he can focus on his business.

The people who did file for the seat are Cristina Arnold, a nonprofit director who ran for city council in 2020, and James Edwards, current Roswell Independent School District Board of Education member and Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell student advisor.

Three people have indicated their interest in the Ward 2 seat up for election this year. Ward 2 covers primarily the northeastern part of the city.

Incumbent Margaret Kennard, a program director with Leadership Roswell, will face Pioneer Bank vice president and marketing director and community volunteer Juliana Halvorson and retired printer and political newcomer Joseph Peter Horn.

For Ward 3, which is primarily the western-central portion of the city with some extension north of Country Club Road and south of Second Street, incumbent Judy Stubbs will be running against Edward Lee Heldenbrand, a chief financial officer for Krumland Auto Group who ran for a Ward 2 seat on the city council in 2020.

Ward 4, in the southwestern part of the city, has incumbent Daniel Lopez, an independent insurance agent, vying against four people: rancher and former state legislator and county commissioner Robert Corn, real estate agent and businesswoman Alicia Gilmore, New Mexico Department of Transportation business manager Darrell W. Johnson, and self-employed businessman Joe R. Green.

Incumbent Angela Moore, a Roswell educator who has served on the city council since 2018, is the only person who filed for Ward 5, which represents much of the southern part of the city.

Election Day is March 1, but early voting begins at City Hall on Feb. 1. People also can request their absentee ballot applications now by emailing the city clerk’s office at s.coll@roswell-nm.gov or by calling 575-624-6700. Ballots are due to be mailed out starting Feb. 1.

People elected to office in March will begin serving on April 1.

Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

To keep up with coverage of this and other elections of local and regional interest, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/elections/.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.