Chamber of Commerce to host candidate forums

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

FARMINGTON — The Aztec Chamber of Commerce will host two forums next month to give residents a chance to question candidates running for city commission and judge positions.

The first forum will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 and the second will be 6 p.m. Feb. 24. Both will take place at the Aztec Senior-Community Center, 101 S. Park Ave.

The chamber is currently asking residents to submit questions they would like the candidates to answer. Chamber President Theresa Bailey said questions can be emailed to or dropped off at the chamber offices inside the Aztec Visitor Center, 110 N. Ash St.

Chamber staff will sort through the submitted questions and determine the topics that will be discussed at the forums. Questions should be related to city issues, such as events, policies and codes.

Bailey said the chamber has hosted candidate forums in the past. They are intended to help voters get involved and informed before the March 1 election.

Before setting the dates for the forums, Bailey said the chamber contacted the candidates and all said they plan to attend. Six candidates are vying for two city commission seats, and incumbent Judge Carlton Gray is running uncontested.

Austin Randall and Caleb Robinson are challenging incumbent Roberta Locke for the commission seat representing District 1. District 3 incumbent Sherri Sipe will run against Beth McClure and Michael Forrest.

Districts 1 and 3 are on the east side of the city. A district map can be viewed at

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

Linda Williams signs in March 4, 2014, before voting at Aztec City Hall.