San Juan County candidates file for primaries

Hannah Grover
State Senate District 1 candidate Rebecca Morgan, left, is assisted by San Juan County Clerk Debbie Holmes with her paperwork, Tuesday at the San Juan County Clerk's Office in Aztec.

FARMINGTON – Candidates throughout San Juan County filed to run in the June 7 primary election on Tuesday.

The primary election will determine party nominees for various positions during the November general election. The election will determine the winners in races for the state Senate, state House of Representatives, County Commission, county clerk, county treasurer, county assessor and the Division 5 magistrate judge.

Incumbent state Sen. Steve Neville, R-Farmington, filed his candidacy for District 2. Prior to being elected to the Senate, the real estate appraiser served as a county commissioner and an Aztec city commissioner.

Matt Dodson of Farmington filed as a Democrat in the state Senate District 1 race. He previously ran for mayor of Farmington in 2014 and for the state Senate in 2012. Farmington resident Rebecca Morgan also filed as a Democrat for the District 1 state Senate seat. Morgan owns Namaste House, a Farmington assisted living residential facility. She is also an ordained United Church of Christ minister. Incumbent Bill Sharer, R-Farmington, also filed for the District 1 seat. Sharer is a small business owner.

Incumbent state representatives Rodney Montoya, R-Farmington; James Strickler, R-Farmington; and Paul Bandy, R-Aztec, have filed to represent districts 1, 2 and 3 respectively. Montoya has a mining background, Strickler has a background in oil and gas, and Bandy is a rancher.

San Juan County Deputy Clerk Tanya Shelby helps state Senate District 1 candidate Matt Dobson file for candidacy, Tuesda at the San Juan County Clerk's Office in Aztec.

Incumbent state Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage, R-Shiprock, filed again in District 4. She has served in various positions within the Navajo Nation government, including as chief of staff for the Navajo Nation Council's Office of the Speaker. GloJean Todacheene of Shiprock filed as a Democrat for the same seat. Todacheene formerly served on the San Juan County Commission.

Retired Farmington firefighter and former library employee Kenneth Robinson of Farmington filed as a Democrat for the District 2 state representative seat.

Incumbent magistrate judge Pat Cordell filed to seek his seat again. Cordell formerly served as a Farmington Police Department sergeant.

Incumbent Jack Fortner, a Farmington attorney, filed as a Republican for the District 4 seat on the County Commission.

James Crowley of Aztec filed as a Republican for the District 3 County Commission seat. Crowley has served as an Aztec city commissioner and on the Aztec school board.

Kirtland residents John Beckstead and Michael Davidson, and Randy Pacheco of Farmington filed as Republicans in the District 5 County Commission race. Pacheco is the former dean of the San Juan College School of Energy. Beckstead has worked as an attorney, and Davidson is a former county sheriff.

Zachariah George, who listed a Crownpoint P.O. box for his address, filed as a Democrat in the county clerk race. Jim Johnson of Bloomfield and Tanya Shelby of Aztec both filed as Republicans for county clerk. Shelby currently serves as the deputy county clerk. Information about Johnson and George could not be found, and the candidates could not be reached Tuesday.

Incumbent Mark Duncan of Kirtland filed as a Republican for the county treasurer position. Duncan currently also serves as mayor of the town of Kirtland.

Incumbent Jimmy Voita of Farmington filed as a Republican for the county assessor seat. Voita was appointed to the position in 2015 after the previous assessor resigned. He previously owned an appraisal company.

Robert "Rick" Tedrow is seeking re-election as the district attorney for the 11th Judicial Judicial District Division 1 seat. Tedrow has served as San Juan County's district attorney since 2008.

Reporter Noel Lyn Smith contributed to this story.

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