charles kelly chair webCharles L. Kelly has announced his candidacy for Bayard Municipal Judge. Kelly is a long-time mayor and city councilor in Bayard and also served many years as a law enforcement officer with the Grant County Sheriff's Department.

Kelly believes his vast experience in both public and private endeavors and abundant common sense will help him be fair, honest, and impartial as he applies the law. He has received formal education from Western New Mexico University and Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, as well as a multitude of government training.

He is married to Frances Ordonez Kelly and they have two grown daughters and a grandson. He is a Vietnam Veteran who survived the 1968 Tet Offensive.

william perkinsWilliam Perkins announces his candidacy for District Judge of the Sixth Judicial District Court, Division I. The Division I judge’s position was vacated upon the retirement of the Hon. H. R. Quintero in March of 2017, and the voters of Grant, Luna, and Hidalgo Counties will elect a judge in the next general election.

tom stewartTom Stewart has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Sixth Judicial District Court Judge, Division I. Stewart is a long-time southwest New Mexico attorney in private practice since 1985. He has a diverse background in the law and has represented people in virtually every kind of legal matter including injury, medical malpractice, family law, criminal, products liability, probate and commercial cases.

Stewart said that he is “looking forward to using my legal experience as a district court judge for the people of Grant, Luna and Hidalgo counties. Being a judge is a serious matter. If you have to be in a courtroom, you want an independent and impartial judge who applies the law correctly, impartially and consistently.”

raul villanuevaRaul D. Villanueva is seeking re-election as city councilman for the city of Bayard. Villanueva was raised in the mining district of Grant County and has been a public servant for the County of Grant for 28 years serving as a law enforcement officer and a city councilor for the City of Bayard. His education includes graduating from Cobre High School in 1988 and Western New Mexico in 1991. Villanueva began his law enforcement career in 1990 working for the Hurley Police Department, then in 1992 with the Silver City Police Department and in 1995 began working with the Sheriff’s Office and is currently the elected Sheriff of the Grant County Sheriff's Office. In 2014 Villanueva was elected City Councilman for the City of Bayard and continues to serve.

New Mexico native Arthur Castillo announced his candidacy today for State Treasurer. As the former CFO for the Office of State Treasurer and Director of Budget and Finance, Castillo has the passion for New Mexico and experience to manage the State Treasurer’s Office.

“As a proven financial planner, budgeting professional, grant writer, and administrator, I plan to restore honesty, responsibility, and accountability to the Office of State Treasurer,” Castillo said. “With ethical and responsible leadership, we will work together to right New Mexico’s financial woes.”

20180115 mark yule 250wTaos NM ‐ December 30, 2017 ‐ Mark Yule, of Taos, has announced his candidacy for the job of Lieutenant Governor in 2018. Yule is a proud life‐long Republican, raised in a fourth generation farming family, where both his parents were successful business owners. Yule received his Bachelor's Degree in Geology from the University of California Santa Barbara and worked for the United States Department of the Interior on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Yule moved to Taos in 1981 and became the area's first mail carrier. During this time, he became Union Steward and worked 18 years as a facilitator and an advocate for his fellow union members. Yule is passionate about protecting and maintaining New Mexico's permanent funds and plans to reduce burdensome regulations to increase government efficiency and flexibility, while maintaining a level playing field for everyone in New Mexico. Yule has been credited with being an excellent facilitator with excellent communication and people skills, and he's anxious to bring those skills to the Round House.

jcc headshot 1Albuquerque, NM – Attorney and mom JoHanna Cox, 36, announced her candidacy for New Mexico Secretary of State. As a tireless advocate for the law, Cox is prepared to take her prosecutorial experience to the Secretary of State’s office to take politics out of the decision‐making process.

Running a clean, transparent, and fair election is not the job of a political organizer, but rather an attorney who understands the law and the role of the position in which she will be elected. Cox has decades of experience in being an advocate for fairness and transparency. In her work as a prosecutor in two of New Mexico’s busiest judicial districts, prosecuting public corruption, and defending hardworking law enforcement officers, Cox has been ethical and dedicated to serving New Mexicans.

dsc03136Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner announced today that he will be running for a second term in office. The city's municipal election will be held March 6, 2018, in order to choose the mayor and two city council seats.

Ladner was elected mayor of Silver City in March of 2016, winning over 60% of the popular vote in a race against two opponents. He hails from a background of academia, holding a PhD in Chemistry and taught at WNMU for over 30 years, while also serving the community in numerous voluntary leadership positions for 35 years.

"I believe one of my strengths is in pulling people together to work on solutions for our community," Mayor Ladner said, "In addition to all the time spent learning the ropes, together with the council and city staff, we've gotten quite a number of projects either accomplished or off the ground."

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