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Silver City Town Clerk Ann Mackie finishes up on Tuesday, the official day for hopefuls to turn in their declarations of candidacy for two open Town Council seats. Incumbents Cynthia Bettison, of District 1, and Jose Ray, of District 3, were the only two to turn in declarations.

SILVER CITY — Time is up for Silver City hopefuls to declare their candidacy for Town Council, and it looks like all familiar faces.

Tuesday was the only official day for Silver City residents to officially declare their candidacy for the upcoming election. To do so, hopeful candidates were required to fill out and return a "Declaration of Candidacy" form available from either Town Clerk Ann Mackie's office at Town Hall or from the Town of Silver City's official website. They were also required to attach their voter registration record. Mackie would then take Wednesday to certify a candidate's eligibility from their form and registration.

Early in the day, incumbent Councilors Cynthia Bettison, of District 1, and Jose Ray, of District 3, turned in their required documents at Town Hall. Then, nothing.

"I've waited all day so far," said Mackie from her office at around 3:30 p.m., "and no one has called our come in. It's looking like no contest."

Nothing had changed at 5 p.m. when Town Hall closed it's doors for business.

Mackie has the business day today to certify the declared candidates, but without a challenger in either race, it won't be necessary. The incumbents have already been certified.

Mackie said there is still one opportunity for hopeful candidates. On Jan. 15, a qualified candidate can declare themselves as a write-in candidate at Town Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They have the disadvantage of their name not appearing on the ballot.

Benjamin Fisher can be reached at (575) 538-5893 ext. 5803.


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