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Farmington voters will decide two council seats

Farmington Daily Times
Election Guide

Voters in Farmington's District 1 and 2 will select two candidates to serve four-year terms on the Farmington City Council.

In District 1, which encompasses the eastern and southern portion of the city, incumbent Linda Rodgers is being challenged by Thomas J. Hawkins.

Hawkins is general manager at AutoMax Truck and Car Center in Farmington. He obtained a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of New Mexico in 2001.

Rodgers is the chief financial officer of Process Equipment and Service Co. Inc. She graduated summa cum laude from New Mexico Highlands University with a degree in business administration.

Mayor Tommy Roberts appointed Rodgers to the council in August to replace Dan Darnell.

In District 2, long-time incumbent Mary Fischer is being challenged by Sean E. SharerJacob Beckham and Charles B. Pacheco. District 2 is located in the western portion of the city.

Beckham is a loan officer with U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union. He served a five-year term of service with the U.S. Marines and was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Beckham received an honorable discharge at the rank of sergeant in 2011.

Pacheco has worked in various industries throughout the Southwest with the Laborers International Union of North America Local No. 16. He is also an avid skateboarder.

Sharer is operations manager at CBF Services in Farmington. He is the son of New Mexico Sen. Bill Sharer, R-Farmington, and serves as the current chairman of the San Juan County Republican Party.

Fischer is seeking her seventh term on the city council, having first served from 1982 to 1986 and then being re-elected in 1992. She is also on the board of Northwest New Mexico Seniors.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 1. Residents can vote at the Sycamore Community Center, 1051 Sycamore St.; Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, 3041 E. Main St.; and Farmington City Hall, 800 N. Municipal Drive.

Voters do not need to present photo identification at the polls.