FARMINGTON — About two dozen candidates have filed paperwork to seek public office at city and town halls in Aztec, Bloomfield, Farmington and Kirtland.
Today was the only day candidates could file candidacy paperwork to get on the ballot for the March 6 elections. Write-in candidates can still file on Jan. 16.
Early voting begins Feb. 14. A voter who wants an absentee ballot must send an application to the City Clerk's Office by Jan. 30.
Farmington is the only local municipality that has a population large enough to require that a candidate live within the district she or he represents. A map of City Council districts for Farmington can be found at fmtn.org.
Aztec City Commission
While candidates can live in any part of the city, they file to run based on districts. Rosalyn Fry, 70; Joe Hubbard, 55; and Joel Barton, 48, will be running for the District 2 seat. Hubbard previously ran for the seat in 2014, but was not elected.
San Juan County Democratic Party Ward 3 chairman Victor Snover, 47, is running for the District 4 seat.
Former Daily Times city editor Mark Lewis, 60, will challenge incumbent Sheri Rogers, 51, for the District 5 commission seat.
Incumbent Mayor Scott Eckstein, 52, is running for a fourth term as mayor. His goals are to focus on beautification of the city, attract new businesses, spend tax dollars wisely and keep residents informed about how the city is spending money.
He will be challenged by Benny Kling, 70; and Cynthia Atencio, 47. Kling ran for the City Council in 2016, but was not elected.
Bloomfield City Council
The Bloomfield City Council has two seats up for election this year. Residents can vote for two candidates, and the two with the most votes will serve a four-year term each on the council. Incumbents James Elwin Roark, 67; and DeLaws Lindsay, 57, are both running for re-election.
Challengers include Cecelia Gunnell, 38; former San Juan College Board of Trustees member Kenneth Hare, 69; Richard Kemp, 69; and Sue Ann Finch, 67.
Current City Councilor Nate Duckett, 40; will face political newcomer Roland W. Berkey, 80, in the mayoral race. Duckett said his campaign is based on continuing the path that the city has been taking to diversify the economy and promote outdoor recreation.
Berkey said in an email to The Daily Times that he previously has been race director of the Shiprock Marathon, a United Way loan executive and a Boy Scout leader. He said he also has been involved with the San Juan County Government Oversight Group and the First Tee of San Juan County program, which teaches golf to underprivileged youth.
Farmington City Council
Three candidates are running to represent District 4. San Juan College English teacher and former Daily Times columnist Aeriel Liese, 44, will run under the name Anne J. Liese. She will face the vice chairwoman of the San Juan County Republican Party, Janis Jakino, 35; and Patrick Manchester, 58.
Jeanine Bingham-Kelly, 48, is running unopposed for the District 3 seat.
Kirtland Town Council
Incumbents Jason Heslop, 51; and Larry Hathaway, 61, are running for re-election.
Bill Liese, 70, is running for his sixth term as Farmington municipal judge. Liese is the husband of City Council candidate Anne J. Liese.
Incumbent Bill Standley, 80; will be running against Brian Kenneth Erickson, 44, for part-time municipal judge for Farmington.
Bloomfield Boys & Girls Clubs board president Sadie Smith-McDaniel, 33 will run for municipal judge in Bloomfield.
Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.