Candidates for June primary filing Tuesday

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tuesday, seven elected offices go up for grabs in Curry County. Democrat and Republican candidates are required to file with the clerk’s office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The filings are to compete in the June 1 primary elections. Winners in June will be the choices presented on […]

Melrose elects new mayor

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Melrose elected a new mayor Tuesday and raised gross receipts taxes. Tuck Monk with 97 votes was elected mayor by a 19-vote margin over his opponent Donald Harrell. Monk succeeds Lance Pyle, who elected not to seek re-election. “I don’t see any changes when I take office,” Monk said. […]

Texico municipal candidate profiles

The following candidates are running for election in the city of Texico on March 2. All candidates are running unopposed. The candidates recently answered brief questions from Freedom New Mexico about why they are running and what they hope to accomplish if elected.

Grady municipal candidate profiles

The following are candidates in the March 2 Grady village election. All candidates are running unopposed. The candidates recently answered brief questions from Freedom New Mexico about why they are running and what they hope to accomplish if elected.

Governor hopeful sets sights on economy, education, safety

Freedom New Mexico If elected governor, candidate Susana Martinez said she would focus on strengthening the economy, improving education and increasing the safety of citizens and would eliminate corruption. Martinez, district attorney of Dona Ana County, was in Clovis Wednesday meeting with business people and elected officials about her campaign for governor. “I think New […]

Obama failing on transparency promise

Freedom Newspapers It should hardly come as a surprise that once in office elected politicians forget about, abandon, or fudge on promises made to get elected. President Barack Obama’s record on transparency and openness, however, is more disappointing than most such instances. During the campaign, candidate Obama promised an unprecedented degree of openness and transparency, […]

Letter to the editor: Politicians elected to serve people

Politicians elected to serve people I detest polarized politics. The fact that virtually all the Republicans vote against a Democrat bill and vice versa is terrible. Political parties and their elected representatives are supposed to serve their constituents — not their party — and this is exactly what is happening at the Town Hall meetings. […]

Meetings watch: Commission approves pay raise for elected county officials

At a meeting Tuesday Curry County commissioners: • Approved a contract for a fund manager to handle some of the county’s investments and renewed an agreement with Eastern Plains Council of Governments. • Approved cost of living and merit pay increases for county employees that would allow departments to use 1.5 percent of their individual […]

College graduations feature elected officials

Freedom New Mexico A pair of New Mexico’s elected officials are in eastern New Mexico the next two weekends as keynote speakers for area college graduations. Lt. Gov. Diane Denish is the commencement speaker at the Clovis Community College graduation, set for 6 p.m. Friday at the Clovis Civic Center. There are 123 students eligible […]

Republicans elect officers

CNJ staff The Curry County Republican Party held elections for offices Monday night at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Officers elected were: Rube Render, county chairman; Brett Johnson, first vice chair; Ben McDaniel, second vice chair; and Marge Render, secretary/treasurer. Rube Render, Johnson and McDaniel were also elected to the Republican Party’s state central committee. Also […]

Attorney general won’t push to open key meetings

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican When several reform-minded legislators were elected last year — and several old-guard lawmakers lost — many open-government advocates thought there was a good chance of finally opening up what has been called the “last bastion of secrecy” in the Legislature: conference committees. The public has long been barred from […]

Commissioners opposed to salary increases

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo New Curry County Adult Detention center administrator Lois Patricia Jones-Bean discussed allowing volunteers into the detention center with Clovis’ Joe and Elva Padilla during Tuesday’s meet and greet at the Curry County Courthouse. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners agreed Tuesday not to raise elected official salaries, […]

Campos elected to lead region

CNJ staff Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, has been elected to lead the Western region of the Council of State Governments, according to a release.The region is made up of Republican and Democratic legislators in 13 states. CSG-WEST is headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., with sister organizations in New York, Chicago and Atlanta.

Editorial: Taxpayers have right to know jail findings

Freedom New Mexico Reading the Security Risk Assessment report of the Curry County Adult Detention Center, it is evident why some county officials were reluctant to release it. The findings are damning and hint, at best, at incompetence. How could elected and appointed officials have allowed such a shoddy jail to be built back in […]

Curry County Commission candidate profiles

Editors Note: The Clovis News Journal asked the Curry County Commission candidates to answer the following questions in 200 words. The answers were edited for spelling and style. The general election is Nov. 4. Commissioner District 2 Democrat Charles Benny Adams Age: 55 Occupation: Retired human resources, training and manufacturing manager in the computer chip […]

Portales mayor now league vice president

CNJ Staff Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. was elected vice president of the New Mexico Municipal League on Thursday during the organization’s annual conference in Clovis, according to a NMML press release. He previously served as treasurer. Las Cruces Councilor Dolores Conner was elected president and Barb Wiard, mayor pro tem of Village of Taos […]

Candidate Profiles: County Commission District 2

Editor’s note: The CNJ sent out a questionnaire to candidates running for county positions up for election. Candidates had a 300 word-limit for each question and their responses are published as submitted. Alan Glen Sumrall Age: 58 Occupation: Farmer/Rancher Previous elected offices: 9 years Curry County Fair Board; 2 terms Grady School Board; elected twice […]

District 2 candidate profile: Alan Sumrall

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Courtesty photo Alan Sumrall is a District 2 County Commission candidate. Alan Glen Sumrall Age: 58 Occupation: Farmer/Rancher Previous elected offices: 9 years Curry County Fair Board; 2 terms Grady School Board; elected twice as President of New Mexico Wheat Growers Association; currently Treasurer of Curry County Mounted Patrol What is your long-term vision for […]

Lawsuit settlement changes way magistrate judges elected

By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer By Gabriel MonteCNJ STAFF WRITERgabe_monte@link.freedom.com The system to elect magistrate judges in Curry County will change in the 2010 election because of a recent lawsuit settlement. Curry County residents Johnny Chavez and Terry Martin sued the state three years ago to change magistrate-judge positions from at-large to districted positions […]

County, state candidates file

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County will have contested races for all positions in the 2008 election. Fourteen candidates signed up Tuesday for the five county offices. Tuesday was also candidate sign-up day for state and federal offices. Deputy County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman expects a large voter turnout for the general election […]