Candidates file paperwork for March 1 elections

Hannah Grover
Kirtland Town Clerk Gwen Warner helps Mayor Mark Duncan with his candidacy paperwork on Tuesday at the Kirtland Town Hall. Duncan is running unopposed for the mayor seat in the March 1 election.

FARMINGTON — Candidates throughout San Juan County filed their paperwork on Tuesday to run for office.

The cities of Farmington, Aztec and Bloomfield and the town of Kirtland will have elections on March 1. Farmington, Kirtland and Bloomfield each have two council seats up for election, and voters will also decide two Aztec City Commission seats. Kirtland's mayor and an Aztec municipal judge position are also up for election.

In Farmington, Thomas Hawkins, 38, filed for the District 1 council seat, which represents the southern portion of the city. He will run against incumbent Linda Rodgers, 51, who took office last year after former Councilor Dan Darnell moved to Rio Rancho.

Four people filed for District 2, which represents the west part of the city. Incumbent Mary Fischer, 67,  will run against Sean Sharer, 31, Jacob Beckham, 27, and Charles Pacheco, 54.

Over in Bloomfield, incumbents Matthew Pennington, 39, and Curtis Lynch, 59, have filed for re-election to their seats on the Bloomfield City Council. Benny Kling, 68, has also filed candidacy for the council. Bloomfield does not have districts.

While Bloomfield announced on Facebook that snow caused city offices to open later than usual, City Clerk Erikka Martinez said people arrived at Bloomfield City Hall starting at 8 a.m., and doors were open for candidates to file.

Also on Tuesday, incumbent Mark Duncan filed for mayor of Kirtland, and incumbent Thomas Wethington filed to keep his seat on the town council. Trustee Pete Emery is also seeking re-election to the town council.

Michael Forrest, 49, and Beth McClure, 65, filed for District 3 commission seat in Aztec. Incumbent Sherri Sipe, 63, has also filed her candidacy for District 3, which represents the northeast portion of the city.

Austin Randall, 29, and Caleb Robinson, 33, filed their declarations of candidacy for the District 1 commission seat, which encompasses the southeast part of the city. They will challenge incumbent Roberta Locke, 51.

Incumbent Judge Carlton Gray, 50, also filed for re-election in Aztec.

Reporter Steve Garrison contributed to this story.

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

Sean Sharer, a candidate for Farmington City Council,  puts up campaign signs on Tuesday along Piñon Hills Boulevard in Farmington.