San Juan College set for board election

Joshua Kellogg

FARMINGTON — Voters will go to the polls next month to determine representatives for two seats on the San Juan College board.

Flint Mobley votes in the San Juan College board election Tuesday at Farmington City Hall.

The District 1 and District 5 seats are up for contention during the March 7 election. The winners will serve a six-year-term starting April 1.

The last college board election was held on March 3, 2015, when District 2 representative Evelyn Benny was re-elected to her seat, and Byron Manning was elected to the District 3 seat.

There were 774 votes cast in the previous college board election, which was 3.93 percent of the registered voters, according to the San Juan County clerk's website.

Matthew Tso is the District 1 incumbent, and the District 5 representative is board Vice President John Thompson. Both are seeking re-election.

Two candidates filed to run against Tso for the District 1 seat, and one candidate filed last month to run against Thompson, according to the county clerk's website.

There are no write-in candidates for either seat.

Hoskie Benally Jr. and Eva B. Stokely are on the ballot alongside Tso for the District 1 seat, which takes up western and northwestern portions of San Juan County, including Shiprock.

Richard Hoerner is running against Thompson in District 5, which is located in and around Farmington, and includes parts of Crouch Mesa.

Absentee voting is underway and continues until 5 p.m. Friday, March 3.

Registered voters can cast an in-person absentee ballot at the San Juan County clerk's office at the county administration building at 100 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec. Voters can request an absentee ballot by calling the county clerk's office at 505-334-9471.

Polling places will be located at the Phil L. Thomas Performing Arts Center on U.S. Highway 64 in Shiprock and the Piñon Hills Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 5001 Foothills Drive in Farmington.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7. Voters can drop off their absentee ballots at the polling places.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.