Otero County Registered 54 Candidates for the November Election Complete list and Commentary
Tuesday August 29th, 2023 was a day full of political dialog, debate and intrigue in Otero County, New Mexico. In a day that the headlines should be boasting of who are the candiates that registered in Otero County are a mixture of headlines. Stories leading the day include Otero County Commission voted a tax increase upon the citizens with commissioner Amy Barela suggesting "take it to the voters." The tax increase passed the commission vote 2 to 1 and will not go to the voters.
Then midway through the day comes the revelation that the state Democratic Party of New Mexico has suspended the Otero County Chapter or Democrats of Otero County from engaging in any meetings, events, or political activities as a party. The state has suspended the operations of the county Democratic party until further notice pending the results of ongoing investigation and as a result of inner party hostilities, liable and harassment of fellow party members.
And finally, the Secretary of State office, and the Otero County Clerks office has released the list of candidates for the local upcoming November elections. The list below is the list of all candidates that are registered to run for office. The deadline to file was 5 p.m. on 8-29-23
We dropped by the Otero County Clerks office this morning and witnessed several candidates registering and turning in the required paperwork.
We received calls from several candidates expressing their excitement about the upcoming election and issuing statements.
Reverend Warren L Robinson candidate for Alamogordo City Commission District 3, showed up to the Otero County Clerks office around 9:15. He was dressed for the part with a huge smile. He walked into the lobby shaking hands, smiling and wishing all candidates, Godspeed, and the best of luck. He stated that he is looking "forward to a positive campaign." As, is his nature, he intends "to run a clean upbeat campaign" and he explained that his multiple decades of community service, speaks to his passion for Alamogordo.
Incumbent City of Alamogordo Commissioner, Sharon McDonald was onsite bright and early. Also wearing her traditional huge smile and in her soft spoken tone, she expressed what a pleasure it has been to represent and work daily in her district. She expressed her desire to continue to move projects she has been passionate about within her district forward. She is proud of the investment during her tenure in Chihuahuita (a neighborhood neglected for decades.) Her goal is to "see the completion of the Dudley School redevelopment though," as well as "new sidewalks and curb cuts that are being installed in the Chihuahuita" after decades of neglect.
Incumbent School Board Member, Amanda Jewell who represents District 3 registered for the election. She is running for election this cycle because the seat she represents was vacated and thus she was appointed. She as served for one year. She has years of volunteer and community board experience of which she says provides her the experience and unique perspective to move projects forward. One project she is championing is the Career and Technical Education Program, she says she would like to see "the building trades program brought back, we use to have it in the past, there are hurdles to over come, but I am working with the district on ways to development mentor programs, because college is not for everyone and getting students career ready is a priority." She concluded she believes "every vote counts" and hopes for a large turnout for this election in November. Comments from Ms. Jewell can be heard on KALHradio.org news with Anthony Lucero streaming at https://station.voscast.com/5b01bba90dce3 or via the podcast at https://youtu.be/TQ-I6sDYnMM?si=lHueqBimX_AkHgWR
During the upcoming weeks AlamogordoTownNews.com and KALHradio.org will be providing an opportunity for the various candidates to express their viewpoints. As is typical we have a series of questions we will present to each candidate to respond to and seek their input on issues facing their districts or communities.
The race for mayor in Tularosa will be an interesting race. There are already rumors of dirty games being played by the incumbent and staff of the village. Candidates seeking to replace Mayor Margaret Trujillo are John Gregory Green and Debrah Lynn Cooksey.
The race for mayor of Cloudcroft is sure to be interesting and entertaining with six candidates registered to include Richard Welch, Inn Owner, Gail McCoy, Vincent Turner, Gerald Wiley, James Maynard, and Pavla Trubac.
Alamogordo District 1 is unopposed with Nick Paul registered. He will remain unopposed unless a write in candidate registers which is still allowed under state law.
The Alamogordo District 6 Commissioner office also looks like it will be filled with a newcomer. Incumbent Dusty Wright is not listed on the Secretary of State site as being registered to run for re-election. Mark W Tapley is registered and would become the next District 6 Commissioner if, Wright is indeed not running, and no write in candidates seek the position.
What will be a very interesting race is the Alamogordo District 3 Commission race between the controversial extremist, Karl Melton, who was appointed to the position, running against the, seasoned former Republican Airport Manager, James Talbert, and a community moral leader and Gerald Champion and Alamogordo Police Department Chaplain, Reverend Warren L Robinson.
The election season 2023 in Alamogordo is now legally kicked off. A complete list of candidates that registered to run is below...
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