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FARMINGTON — Early voting for the primary elections began today.

Registered Republicans or Democrats can vote in their respective primaries from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays until May 18 at the San Juan County Clerk’s Office, 100 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec.

After May 18, the clerk’s office will be open for early voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays through June 2.

Alternative voting locations will open May 19. These include:

  • The Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, 3041 E. Main St.
  • The Bloomfield Multi-Cultural Center, 333 S. 1st St.
  • The Shiprock Fire Station, located behind Wells Fargo Bank in Shiprock
  • The Newcomb Fire Station

Early voting locations will be closed on May 28 to observe Memorial Day.

There are four local contested races that likely will be decided during the primary election.

Shane Ferrari is running against Tommy Bolack for San Juan County sheriff in the Republican primary.

Republican voters also can choose judge candidates for the general election.

Three Republicans are running for magistrate judge Division 1.

Erich Cole, who was appointed to the position earlier this year, will face former Magistrate Judge Gary McDaniel and former police detective Frank Ernest Dart.

Gary Edd Risley, Brandt E. Thrower and Stacey D. Biel are vying for the Republican position on the ballot in the general election.

No Democratic Party or Libertarian Party candidates filed for magistrate judge or probate judge.

Democrats who live in the western part of the county will have the chance to vote for a County Commission member. Incumbent Wallace Charley will face former commissioner GloJean Todacheene, Shiprock resident Wetona Becenti and Crownpoint resident Zachariah Jason George in the primary election.

The winner will be on the ballot during the November general election. No Republicans or Libertarians are running for the seat.

A full list of candidates in this year’s elections can be found online at sjcclerk.net.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at hgrover@daily-times.com.

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