Aztec voters to elect two commissioners, judge

The Daily Times staff
Election Guide

Aztec voters will elect two commissioners and a municipal judge during the municipal election on March 1.

Voters will decide on the District 1 and District 3 city commission seats. Although the city is divided into districts, commissioners represent all of Aztec and do not necessarily have to live within the boundaries of the districts. The districts were set up in anticipation that the city will one day have 10,000 residents, according to Mayor Sally Burbridge. The city currently has about 7,000 residents and is not large enough to vote in districts.

Incumbent Municipal Judge Carlton Gray is running uncontested in the election.

District 1 incumbent Roberta Locke is challenged by Austin Randall and Caleb Robison.

Locke, who has served one term as a commissioner, works at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

Randall worked as a purchasing agent for the city of Aztec until 2014, when he took a job as purchasing agent for Totah Rental and Equipment in Aztec.

Robison, who once worked in Aztec's Public Works Department, now owns the downtown Aztec restaurant The Bistro. He also serves as an associate pastor for Animas Valley Church.

District 3 incumbent Sherri Sipe will run against Michael Forrest and Beth McClure.

Sipe, who has served two terms as commissioner, is a homemaker who graduated from Aztec High School and drove a school bus for 13 years.

McClure is a local artist and works with her sister, Aztec City Commissioner Katee McClure, to organize the Animas River Blues and Brews Festival through their nonprofit organization, Animas River Arts and Entertainment.

Multiple efforts over the last month to reach Forrest via email, phone and in person, were unsuccessful.

Elected officials will serve a four-year term.

Aztec voters can fill out their ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 1 at the Aztec City Commission Room at City Hall, 201 W. Chaco Ave.

For more information, call 505-334-7603 or go to aztecnm.gov.