Three announce bids for county commission spots

CNJ Staff

Three have announced plans to run for a county commission seat.

Caleb Chandler, a 12-year state senator and and 12-year magistrate judge said he will be running for District 5 Commissioner Tim Ashley’s seat in the Curry County Commission.

“I think it’s going to be a real exciting time to be a county commissioner,” said Chandler, 65, who also served as Clovis’ police chief for nine years.

“During the next eight years, I think Curry County’s future is looking really bright right now.”

Alan Sumrall, 57, said he is seeking the District 2 seat that will be vacated by Pete Hulder. The Clovis-born rancher and farmer cited a longtime interest in the county, particularly with renewable energy issues. He formerly served two terms on the Grady school board and nine years on the Curry County Fair Board, and is currently vice president of the New Mexico Wheatgrowers Association.

Ashley and Hulder have each reached the two-term limit of the county commissioner position. Elected county officials may serve up to two four-year terms, according to County Clerk Mario Trujillo.

Rancher Wendell Bostwick also plans to run for the District 4 commissioner’s seat.
The candidate signup date is March 18.

Party primaries are June 3 and the general election is Nov. 4.