Incumbents Bandy, Clahchischilliage face challengers in November election

County Commission District 2 race also will be contested

The Daily Times staff
State Rep. Paul Bandy, R-Aztec, ran uncontested in Tuesday's primary election, but he has drawn a Democratic challenger in the November general election.

FARMINGTON — The general election in November will have at least three local contested races between Democratic and Republican candidates.

San Juan County Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary “MP” Schildmeyer will challenge incumbent Rep. Paul Bandy, R-Aztec, for the state House of Representatives District 3 seat.

Unofficial primary results show Schildmeyer receiving 647 votes from Democratic Party voters while 1,976 Republicans voted for Bandy in their uncontested primary races.

Democratic state House candidate MP Schildmeyer, left, talks with Howie Morales May 17 during a San Juan County Democratic Party event at The Chile Pod in Farmington.

Democrat Anthony Allison will challenge incumbent Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage, R-Kirtland, for the state House of Representatives District 4 seat.

Unofficial primary results show Allison receiving 1,143 votes while Clahchischilliage received 1,045 votes in their uncontested primaries. Only registered Democrats and Republicans were eligible to cast ballots on Tuesday and had to vote in their party’s primary election.

Former County Commissioner Ervin Chavez, a Democrat, will face Republican Michael Sullivan for the County Commission District 2 seat. The seat is currently held by Commissioner Margaret McDaniel, who has reached term limits and cannot run for re-election.

Chavez received 733 votes from Democratic Party voters while Sullivan received 1,023 votes from Republicans in their uncontested primary elections on Tuesday.

The county sheriff seat could also see a contested election. Undersheriff Shane Ferrari defeated Tommy Bolack in the Republican primary election, and no Democrat filed to run for the seat. But former Bloomfield Police Chief Mike Kovacs has been campaigning for sheriff as an independent. Independent and minor-party candidates will file candidacy paperwork on June 28.

A local candidate also will be challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan for his District 3 seat in the general election. Christopher Manning of Kirtland is running as a Libertarian. Lujan is running for re-election, and Republican Jerald Steve McFall of Angel Fire also will be on the ballot in November.