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A glance at the ballot: Early voting begins Oct. 11


Early voting in Doña Ana County and throughout New Mexico begins Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Statewide and local candidates are on the ballot, along with three state constitutional amendments, four City of Las Cruces general obligation (GO) bond questions and three City of Sunland Park GO bond questions.


  • Tuesday, Oct. 11: Mail-in and online voter registration ends. Same day voter registration begins. Absentee voting begins. Early voting begins at the Doña Ana County Government Center.
  • Saturday, Oct. 22: Expanded early voting begins.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3: Last day to submit an application for an absentee ballot.
  • Saturday, Nov. 5: Early voting ends.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8: Election day. Last day for same day voter registration. All absentee ballots must be received by 7 p.m.


  • Tuesday, Oct. 11-Saturday, Nov. 5, will be available at the Doña Ana County Government Center, 945 N. Motel Blvd., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5
  • Saturday, Oct. 22-Saturday, Nov. 5 (open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday):

Anthony, New Mexico: Anthony City Hall Municipal Complex, 820 Highway 478

Sunland Park: Doña Ana Community College–Sunland Park, 3365 McNutt Road

Chaparral: Delores C. Wright Educational Center, 400 E. Lisa Drive

Hatch: Hatch High School, 170 E. Herrera Road

Mesilla: Mesilla Town Hall, 2231 Avenida de Mesilla

Las Cruces: Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main St.; Sonoma Elementary School, 4201 Northrise Drive; Corbett Center Student Union, 1600 International Mall, NMSU campus; Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd.

Visit www.donaanacountyelections.com/locations.



U.S. House of Representatives NM02

Democrat: Gabriel Vasquez, Las Cruces

Eliseo Luna (write-in), Roswell

Republican: Yvette Herrell, Alamogordo (I)


Democrat: Michelle Lujan Grisham and Howie C. Morales, Albuquerque and Silver City (I)

Republican: Mark V. Ronchetti and Anthony L. “Ant” Thornton, Albuquerque and Sandia Park

Libertarian: Karen Evette Bedonie and Efren Gallardo, Jr., Navajo, N.M., and Albuquerque

Secretary of State

Democrat: Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Santa Fe (I)

Republican: Audrey Trujillo, Corrales

Libertarian: Mayna Erika Myers, Hobbs

Attorney General

Democrat: Raul Torrez, Albuquerque

Republican: Jeremy Gay, Gallup

NOTE: Incumbent Democrat Hector Balderas is term limited

State Auditor

Democrat: Joseph M. Maestas, Santa Fe

Libertarian: Travis Sanchez, Rio Rancho

NOTE: Incumbent Democrat Brian Colon ran unsuccessfully for attorney general

State Treasurer

Democrat: Laura M. Montoya, Rio Rancho

Republican: Harry B. Montoya, Santa Fe

NOTE: Incumbent Democrat Tim Eichenberg is term limited

Commissioner of Public Lands

Democrat: Stephanie Garcia Richard, Los Alamos/Santa Fe (I)

Republican: Jefferson L. Byrd, Tucumcari

DTS: Larry E. Marker (write-in), Roswell

Justice of the Supreme Court

Position 1

Democrat: Julie J. Vargas (I)

Republican: Thomas C. Montoya

Position 2

Democrat: Briana H. Zamora (I)

Republican: Kerry J. Morris

For retention

Supreme Court Justice Michael E. Vigil, Democrat

Judge of the Court of Appeals

Position 1

Democrat: Gerald E. Baca (I)

Republican: Barbara V. Johnson

Libertarian: Sophie I. Cooper

Position 2

Democrat: Katherine Anne Wray (I)

Republican: Gertrude Lee

Libertarian: Stephen P. Curtis

Public Education Commission

District 6

Republican: Stewart Alan Ingham, Albuquerque

Incumbent Republican Michael Chavez did not seek re-election

District 7

Democrat: Patricia E. Gipson, Las Cruces (I)

Third Judicial District Court Judge

Division 2

Democrat: Robert Lara

Incumbent Democrat Jessica Streeter lost in the primary

Division 5

Democrat: Casey Fitch (I)

Doña Ana County Magistrate Court

Division 1

Democrat: Samantha L. Madrid (I)

Division 2

Democrat: Linda L. Flores (I)

Division 3

Democrat: Rebecca C. Duffin (I)

Division 4

Democrat: Bryan Michael Gelecki

NOTE: Incumbent Democrat Norman Osborn did not seek re-election

Division 5

Kent Wingenroth (I)

Division 6

Democrat: Joel Cano (I)

Division 7

Democrat: G. Alexander Rossario (I)

State Representative

District 32

Democrat: Candie G. Sweetser, Deming (I)

Republican: Jennifer Marie Jones, Deming

District 33

Democrat: Micaela Lara Cadena, Mesilla (I)

Republican: Charles R. Wendler

District 34

Democrat: Ray Lara, Chamberino (I)

Republican: Mark W. Vieth (write-in), La Mesa

District 35

Democrat: Angelica Rubio, Las Cruces (I)

Republican: Richelle A. Peugh Swafford, Las Cruces

District 36

Democrat: Nathan Small, Las Cruces (I)

Republican: Kimberly A. Skaggs, Las Cruces

District 37

Democrat: Joanne Ferrary, Las Cruces (I)

Republican: Rene Rodriguez, Las Cruces

District 38

Democrat: Tara Jaramillo, Socorro

Republican: Sandra Kay Hammack, San Antonio

NOTE: Incumbent Republican Rebecca Dow of Truth or Consequences ran for governor

District 52

Democrat: Doreen Gallegos, Las Cruces (I)

Republican: John Foreman, Las Cruces

District 53

Democrat: Willie Madrid, Chaparral (I)

Republican: Elizabeth Winterrowd, Las Cruces


County Commission

District 1

Democrat: Christopher Schaljo-Hernandez, Las Cruces

NOTE: Incumbent Democrat Lynn Ellins lost in the primary

District 3

Democrat: Shannon Reynolds, Las Cruces (I)

Republican: Patricia “Susie” Kimble, Las Cruces

County Sheriff

Democrat: Kim Stewart, Las Cruces (I)

Republican: Byron Hollister, Las Cruces

County Assessor

Democrat: Gina Montoya Ortega, Las Cruces

NOTE: Incumbent Democrat Leticia Duarte-Benavidez did not run for re-election

County Probate Judge

Democrat: Judith Ann Baca, Las Cruces

NOTE: Incumbent Democrat Diana Bustamante is term limited


The New Mexico Legislature referred three constitutional amendments to the ballot:

  1. Allocate 1.25 percent of the five-year average of year-end market values of the money in the state Land Grant Permanent Fund to early childhood education services and the public school permanent fund
  2. Provide that a judge appointed to fill a vacancy be up for election at the first general election one year after the appointment
  3. Require state funds for infrastructure that provide household services to be approved by a majority vote in each chamber of the legislature.




The legislature approved three bond issues totaling $259.7 million. The bond questions ask if voters statewide will approve funds for 1. senior citizen facility improvements, 2. public education and 3. public libraries.



City of Las Cruces general obligation bond questions

Shall the City of Las Cruces issue general obligation bonds, payable from property taxes, in an amount up to

  1. $10,000,000 to acquire, plan, design, construct, and equip a new fire station facility (North of US Highway 70 and East of Interstate 25), including acquisition of necessary land?
  2. $5,000,000 to acquire, plan, design, construct, and equip the regional community recreation facility known as East Mesa Public Recreation Complex, including acquisition of necessary land?
  3. $6,000,000, and placed into the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, to provide resources to plan, design, construct, acquire, and preserve housing affordable for low to moderate income households, including acquisition of necessary land?
  4. $2,000,000 to renovate and improve existing parks and recreational facilities?

City of Sunland Park GO bond questions

Shall the City of Sunland Park issue general obligation bonds, payable from property taxes, in an amount up to

  1. $4,000,000 for construction of a regional recreation center, upgrade current parks, upgrade City Library and construction of a second library?
  2. Shall the City of Sunland Park issue general obligation bonds, payable from property taxes, in an amount up to $4,000,000 for design, construction of new public safety complex, the purchase of new fire ladder truck and other needed city vehicles?
  3. Shall the City of Sunland Park issue general obligation bonds, payable from property taxes, in an amount up to $4,000,000 for work on existing roads, new construction of roadways (see attachment “A”) and wastewater infrastructure on?
General Election