Seventeen candidates show up at the city of Roswell offices

Roswell City Clerk Sharon Coll reviews some documents at City Hall on Tuesday afternoon, the official date for nominations for the 2022 municipal election. (Photo by Lisa Dunlap)

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Voters in the City of Roswell will have many candidates to choose from in the upcoming municipal election, as a total of 17 people applied for mayor or one of city council’s five wards on Tuesday.

The races for mayor and Ward 4 will be the most contested, with four candidates for mayor and five for Ward 4.

“I don’t think I’ve had so many candidates tabled in an election before,” said city clerk Sharon Coll, who is coordinating her fifth municipal election.

She added that municipal elections typically attract more voters than years when city council seats and municipal judge are on the ballot, which will take place in 2024.

Tuesday was the filing date for candidates who want their names on the ballots. Candidates in writing can apply on January 11.

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Coll said the 17 candidates who filed on Tuesday have been declared qualified to run for the seats.

The mayoral election will see incumbent Dennis J. Kintigh, a retired law enforcement officer who also served as a New Mexico state legislator, running for his third term for the local office. He will face three challengers: rancher and former state lawmaker and county commissioner and current Chaves County Flood Commissioner Timothy Z. Jennings; magazine editor and community volunteer Guy Hamlin Malone; and former real estate business owner Eva I. Tellez.

Ward 1, in the central and central-eastern part of the city, will be the only race in which an incumbent does not seek re-election. Jacob Roebuck, owner of Roebuck Entertainment, who has served on city council since 2018, said he has decided not to show up at this point so he can focus on his business.

Those who applied for the seat are Cristina Arnold, a nonprofit principal who ran for city council in 2020, and James Edwards, current member of the Roswell Independent School District school board and Eastern student councilor. New Mexico University-Roswell.

Three people have expressed interest in the Ward 2 seat in the elections this year. Ward 2 mainly covers the northeastern part of the city.

Incumbent Margaret Kennard, Program Director at Leadership Roswell, will face Pioneer Bank Vice President and Marketing Director and Community Volunteer Juliana Halvorson and retired printer and political newcomer Joseph Peter Horn.

For Ward 3, which is primarily the west-central part of town with some extension north of Country Club Road and south of Second Street, incumbent Judy Stubbs will run against Edward Lee Heldenbrand, CFO of Krumland Auto Group. who led for a district 2 seat on the city council in 2020.

Ward 4, in the city’s southwest, has incumbent Daniel Lopez, an independent insurance agent, competing against four people: breeder and former state lawmaker and county commissioner Robert Corn, the real estate agent and businesswoman Alicia Gilmore, New Mexico Department of Transportation business manager Darrell W. Johnson and independent businessman Joe R. Green.

Incumbent Angela Moore, an educator from Roswell who has served on City Council since 2018, is the only person to apply for Ward 5, which represents much of the city’s south.

Election day is March 1, but early voting begins at City Hall on February 1. People can also request their postal ballot requests now by emailing the city clerk’s office at [email protected] or by calling 575-624-6700. Ballots must be sent by post from February 1.

Those elected in March will begin serving on April 1.

Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at [email protected]

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