Three city commissioners plan to run again

CNJ staff

Today is the only day for candidates for mayor and city commission to sign up.

Persons interested in running for municipal office must first obtain certification of voter registration from the county clerk’s office, said city clerk LeighAnn Melancon.

Then candidates need to fill out a declaration of candidacy form at city hall and pay a $50 filing fee, today between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

City commissioners who plan to run for re-election include:

District 1— Randy Crowder. He said he is running again because “I feel like I didn’t finish what I set out to do.”

Projects he would like to see finished include an effluent reuse pipeline, which would use recycled water to irrigate the city’s parks and ballfields and thus save drinking water; wind energy for the city; and an emergency operations and communication center.

District 2 — Fred Van Soelen. He said he is running again because “I feel like I’ve been able to work and accomplish quite a bit,” including an increase in pay for the police department.

He wants to work on increasing recreation opportunities and establishing a wellness center, and to increase pay for the fire department to keep professional, qualified employees here.

District 3 — Robert Sandoval. He said he is running again because “I think I’ve done a fairly good job of helping my constituents and I want to continue doing so.”

Projects he wants to continue working on include the Ute water pipeline project and economic development. He said he is not against the ethanol plant, but is against its location in his district.

In District 4, Lunell Winton said she does not plan to run for re-election. Chris Bryant, owner of Foxy Drive-In, said Monday that he plans to run for the seat. He serves on the water advisory council and is chairman of the 400 Mitchell St. Project, a project geared toward seeking funding for an emergency operations building and administration building for the city of Clovis.

“Clovis has been good for me and my family,” he said. “I feel like I want to give something back.”

Mayor — David Lansford, who has held the office for 12 years, said he does not plan to run again. Clovis Concrete owner Tim Ashley, Realtor Gayla Brumfield, retired Marine Rube Render and retired railroad worker Gloria Wicker have said they plan to run for the office.

Clovis municipal election
What: Declaration of candidacy
When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: City clerk’s office, City Hall, 321 Connelly St.