Candidates must file Tuesday for March election

Hannah Grover
A voting sign is pictured on March 4, 2014, at the Aztec City Hall.

FARMINGTON — Residents running for public office in the March 1 municipal elections must file declarations of candidacy on Tuesday.

Aztec, Bloomfield and Farmington will each have two council or commission positions open, and Aztec will also elect a municipal judge. Kirtland residents will choose a mayor, as well as two town councilors.

Farmington City Clerk Dianne Smylie said people interested in running for office must obtain a certified copy of their voter registration dated after Nov. 17, 2015, and bring that to their city clerk's office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, along with a declaration of candidacy.

The declaration of candidacy is a form people can pick up at a city or town clerk's office. Smylie said candidates can call the clerk's office if they need help filing candidacy.

Candidates must live within the boundaries of the district they hope to represent.

Bloomfield and Kirtland do not have districts, but, to run for election, candidates must be residents of the city they hope to represent.

Two city council seats in Bloomfield will be up for election. Those seats are currently occupied by Matt Pennington and Curtis Lynch. Neither has announced plans to run.

In Kirtland, voters will elect two councilors and a mayor. The seats occupied by Tom Wethington and Pete Emery will be up for election. Current Mayor Mark Duncan said he plans to run for re-election, and he belives both Wethington ad Emery also plan to run again.

District 1 and District 3 commissioners for Aztec are up for election. The two districts represent the east side of the city. District 1 encompasses the east side of the city south of Blanco Street, and District 3 represents the east side of Aztec north of Blanco Street. A map can be found at aztecnm.gov.

Farmington’s council seats for Districts 1 and 2 will be determined in the election. District 1 represents the west side of the city while District 2 represents south Farmington. A map can be found at fmtn.org. The incumbents for Districts 1 and 2 are Linda Rogers and Mary Fischer, respectively. Both women have indicated they plan to run for re-election.

In his first episode of Mayor’s Table posted on YouTube Monday, Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts interviewed City Manager Rob Mayes about the importance of voting. In the video, Roberts said there have been situations in Farmington in which an election has been determined by a handful of votes.

Hannah Grover coves Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

James Gipson votes on March 4, 2014, at the Farmington Public Library.

City and town clerks 

Farmington City Clerk: 800 Municipal Drive. 505-599-1106.

Bloomfield City Clerk: 915 N. First St. 505-632-6304.

Aztec City Clerk: 201 W. Chaco St. 505-334-7603.

Kirtland Town Clerk: 31 County Road 6299 505-598-4160.

Charles Moffett slides his ballot into the voting tabulator machine on March 4, 2014, at the Farmington Public Library.