19 file for June primary race
A total of 19 candidates have filed for elected positions across the county and the state.
The current commissioner for District 2, R.J. Griego, is finishing his first term in office but won’t be running again, leaving that race without an incumbent.
Stepping up to run are Democrat Stanley Herrera, of Alamo, and Republican Martha Salas, of Bosque.
Herrera is the vice president of the Alamo Navajo School Board and a former county commissioner
Salas is a second grade teacher at La Promesa Elementary School.
In District 4, Chairman Daniel P. Monette is running for his second term. He is a Ford automotive dealer and lives in Lemitar.
His challenger, Democrat Darryl Cases, might not make it onto the ballot.
According to County Clerk Rebecca Vega, Cases moved and did not update his voter registration information, leaving him on the voter roles at his old Socorro address.
Vega was unable to qualify Cases as a candidate and has asked the secretary of state’s office for an official ruling on the matter. Vega said she should have a response from SOS in about 10 days.
In District 5, Democrat Diego Early Montoya automatically advances to the general election, with no challenger for the primary. Montoya is from Magdalena.
Republican incumbent, Juan Jose Gutierrez, also of Magdalena, is seeking his second term.
He will face Elijah F. Wade of San Antonio. Wade is retired from the transportation industry, where he was a safety and maintenance manager of a private truck fleet. Wade has been a member of the San Antonio Volunteer Fire Department since 2006.
County Clerk Rebecca Vega is seeking her second term. The Democrat is runing unopposed.
With County Treasurer Genevie Baca at the end of her second term in office, she won’t be on the ballot but her deputy clerk, Democrat Tina Lujan, is getting into the race. Lujan is from Socorro.
Lujan will face Republican Shirleen Greenwood, of San Antonio. Greenwood is the manager of the Bosque del Apache Nature Store.
Most of the incumbents for Socorro County’s state senators and representatives will run unopposed in the primary and general elections this year. Sen. Howie C. Morales, (D-28), Rep. Don Tripp (R-49) and Rep. W. Ken Martinez (D-69) will all retain their seats for another term, due to a lack of competition.
And 7th Judicial District Attorney Clint Wellborn (R) is also running unopposed in both races.
However Sen. David Ulibarri (D-30) out of Grants wasn’t so lucky. The retired Cibola County manager drew three primary challengers from his own party and if he makes it through June, will face off against Republican Vickie Perea, a retired director for the city of Albuquerque.
In the June primary, Ulibarri will face Maxine R. Velasquez, an attorney from Laguna, Randolph Marshall Collins and Clemente Sanchez, both of Grants.
In the U.S. Senate race, Republicans Heather Ann Wilson and Gregory Eddie Sowards will face each other in the primaries and Democrats Hector Balderas and Martin T. Heinrich will vie for the general ballot position.
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-Hobbs) didn’t draw any competition from his own party for his District 2 seat, but he will face one of two Democrats in the November election. Evelyn Madrid Erhard and Frank McKinnon will face each other in the primary.
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