Early Voting Begins Local Elections Have the Greatest Impact on Citizens


Tuesday October 10th, 2023 early voting for municipal races in the city of Alamogordo and the area towns and villages begins to include school board members and the mil funding for Alamogordo Public Schools.

It is a common myth that important elections only take place every 2 or 4 years. Local elections often take place every year, and because turnout is lower, your vote can actually make even more of a difference..

America has 19,000 cities, towns, and villages with different governmental structures. But they all elect officials to carry out 3 government functions: Executive, Legislative and Legal. The Mayor  sets the tone for the Executive functions; the City Council or Commissioners implement Legislative; and the Judiciary implement Legal functions. School boards in New Mexico do NOT dictate curriculum however they manage a large budget and the buildings, they establish personnel and safety policies, they hire the superintendent. 

Understanding these roles and their impact as well as the limitations to their authority is critical if you want to influence choices that affect you and others in your community. Civility is important for effective governance.

Registered voters, in New Mexico  may cast a ballot. In advance or to verify your voter information check your registration or update your voting information visit the New Mexico Secretary of State's website.

To begin voting for your choice of candidates early visit the Otero County Administration building located at 1101 New York Avenue in Alamogordo. Early voting is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Oct. 10 through Nov. 3, Monday through Friday and Saturday voting Nov 4 or the Otero County Fair Grounds located at 401 Fairgrounds Road. Early voting is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Oct. 21 through Nov. 4, Tuesday through Saturday. Sadly for early voters for Cloudcroft or Tularosa you have to dive over to the two locations in Alamogordo.

Otero County doesn’t seem to support the idea of making it easy for outlying residents but they may still vote early as well with a little effort. 

The elections  for this 2023 cycle includeAlamogordo City Commission for Districts One, Three, Five and Six

  • Nicholas Allan Paul, District One Unopposed 
  • Warren Robinson, District Three
  • Karl Paul Melton, District Three
  • James Talbert, District Three
  • Alfonso Al Hernandez, District Five
  • Sharon McDonald, District Five
  • Mark Wayne Tapley, District Six

Alamogordo School Board Member for seats one, three and four

  • Judy Rabon, Board Member One
  • Craig Danekas, Board Member One
  • Marieann Marie Jackson, Board Member Three
  • Amanda Gwynn Jewell, Board Member Three
  • Shannon Troy Wright, Board Member Three
  • Josiah Stephen Vesey, Board Member Four
  • Brandy Murphy, Board Member Four
  • Carol Louise Teweleit, Board Member Four

Tularosa City Mayoral race

  • John Gregory Greene
  • Deborah Lynn Cooksey
  • Margaret Trujillo

Tularosa Board of Trustee position (select 2)

  • Antonia Monica Voorbach Moheit
  • Ali Husain Karim Kassam
  • Mark Garwood
  • Manuel Brusuelas
  • Stephanie DuBois

Cloudcroft City Mayoral race

  • James Maynard
  • Gail McCoy
  • Vincent Turner
  • Pavla Trubac
  • Gerald Dustin Wiley
  • Richard Ivan Welch

Cloudcroft Board of Trustee position

  • Matthew Brian Lockner
  • Timothy Edward King
  • Tabitha Renee Foster

Cloudcroft School Board Member at Large

  • Daniel Hughes
  • Jeffrey Grant Eigenmann
  • Cassandra Gail Saffle
  • Meredith Ann Shepherd
  • Danny Ward

And reapproval of 2 existing Alamogordo Public School mil levy funds. 

  • SB8 & HB 33 Mill Levy Funds are utilized for construction, facility maintenance, technology, and capital improvement projects.
  • APS will continue to invest in existing schools, lifting up older campuses to be more comparable to our new schools.
  • Approving the continuation of these mill levies will NOT increase the current tax rate or impose a new tax.

For more information on the Alamogordo Public School levy’s visit https://allin4ourkids.my.canva.site/

Voter turnout for municipal elections is typically minimal. However, the local government has more influence, the impact and importance  in your community and lif than any other form of government. Exercise your power, democracy is dependent upon participation. Go vote early! 

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