johnson for auditorIt’s official! Wayne Johnson said he is humbled and grateful to be the 2018 Republican nominee for New Mexico State Auditor.

"Thanks to the army of volunteers who collected nearly triple the amount of signatures that were required to get me on the ballot. I delivered those 3,600 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office. And I'm on the ballo.!

"Last December, Governor Susana Martinez appointed me as the New Mexico State Auditor to complete the remainder of Tim Keller’s term.

las campaign pic 2018Says she has the Expertise, Energy, and Experience 

Town Councilor Lynda Aiman-Smith is running for re-election to the Silver City Town Council. Lynda was elected to the Town Council in 2014, then re-elected in 2016, and is seeking another term. Lynda will continue her efforts in local economic development: supporting local businesses, conservation of natural resources, developing an appealing cycling and pedestrian community, and working with town staff on being fiscally prudent when providing local services.

"Turmoil in the national and state economic and political environment means we really have to work on being diligent and innovative in our leadership to ensure that Silver City continues to provide vital services to its residents in a cost-effective way," says Lynda, a New Mexico native, "With my professional background, and having served on the Council, I bring the expertise, energy, and experience needed. I ask for your vote so that I may continue serving the community that I love." Lynda has owned small businesses; was a manager in Silicon Valley; and having her Ph.D. in Management, was a tenured faculty member at a major university.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Congressman Steve Pearce has officially qualified for the primary ballot as the Republican candidate for Governor of New Mexico. According to the Secretary of State, the Bureau of Elections has reviewed Pearce's declaration of candidacy, nomination petitions, and certificate of registration and has determined they are all in proper order and timely filed.

"It's a great honor to officially be the Republican candidate for Governor of New Mexico," said Congressman Pearce. "We are building momentum in this race every day and are grateful for the thousands of New Mexicans who signed our nominating petitions. Together we are going to fix our broken education system, tackle the poverty that is hurting our state, get dangerous criminals off our streets, and create good paying jobs that put New Mexicans on the path to successful long term careers."

For more information visit www.PearceForNM.com 

mirandaI, Doug Miranda, am announcing my candidacy for Mayor of the Town of Hurley.

I am running as the Democratic candidate for Mayor of Hurley because I believe that politics as usual needs to change, as Mayor I will:
" Stop the waste that is going on in our local government
" Promote job development in our community
" I believe that the Mayor should be active in promoting family values in our community
" I also want to promote an active community policing and neighborhood watch program in our community

I look forward to serving the community as your Mayor

charles kelly chair webCharles L. Kelly has announced his candidacy for Bayard Municipal Judge. Kelly is a long-time mayor and city councilor in Bayard and also served many years as a law enforcement officer with the Grant County Sheriff's Department.

Kelly believes his vast experience in both public and private endeavors and abundant common sense will help him be fair, honest, and impartial as he applies the law. He has received formal education from Western New Mexico University and Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, as well as a multitude of government training.

He is married to Frances Ordonez Kelly and they have two grown daughters and a grandson. He is a Vietnam Veteran who survived the 1968 Tet Offensive.

william perkinsWilliam Perkins announces his candidacy for District Judge of the Sixth Judicial District Court, Division I. The Division I judge’s position was vacated upon the retirement of the Hon. H. R. Quintero in March of 2017, and the voters of Grant, Luna, and Hidalgo Counties will elect a judge in the next general election.

tom stewartTom Stewart has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Sixth Judicial District Court Judge, Division I. Stewart is a long-time southwest New Mexico attorney in private practice since 1985. He has a diverse background in the law and has represented people in virtually every kind of legal matter including injury, medical malpractice, family law, criminal, products liability, probate and commercial cases.

Stewart said that he is “looking forward to using my legal experience as a district court judge for the people of Grant, Luna and Hidalgo counties. Being a judge is a serious matter. If you have to be in a courtroom, you want an independent and impartial judge who applies the law correctly, impartially and consistently.”

raul villanuevaRaul D. Villanueva is seeking re-election as city councilman for the city of Bayard. Villanueva was raised in the mining district of Grant County and has been a public servant for the County of Grant for 28 years serving as a law enforcement officer and a city councilor for the City of Bayard. His education includes graduating from Cobre High School in 1988 and Western New Mexico in 1991. Villanueva began his law enforcement career in 1990 working for the Hurley Police Department, then in 1992 with the Silver City Police Department and in 1995 began working with the Sheriff’s Office and is currently the elected Sheriff of the Grant County Sheriff's Office. In 2014 Villanueva was elected City Councilman for the City of Bayard and continues to serve.

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