School board candidates declared

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The deadline for Socorro and Magdalena school board candidates to declare their candidacy was Dec. 18. All open positions in both communities are contested and the election will be held Feb. 5, 2013.

School board positions are “at-large” and nonpartisan, meaning each board member represents the entire district rather than a specific portion of it, and is not asked to give his or her party affiliation. The only qualification for candidates is that they be registered voters and residents of the school district.

People who plan to vote in the Feb. 5 elections must also be registered voters, and the deadline to register, if not already registered, is 5 p.m. Jan. 8.

Running in Socorro for Position 4 are Daniel James Chavez, incumbent, and Linda L. Perdue. Running for Position 5 are Juan C. Trujillo and Pauline Jaramillo, incumbent.

In Magdalena Barbara Gordon, incumbent, is running against Nancy Jaramillo for the Position 1 seat. Gail Armstrong is running against Marva Brunson, incumbent, for the Position 2 seat.

Also on the ballot will be a capital improvements levy question to reauthorize the Public School Capital Improvements Act levy.

According to the election brochure put out by Socorro Consolidated Schools, the two-mill levy is one of the three major ways of financing public education in New Mexico.

A bond question will appear on the ballot asking voters in the Socorro district to authorize the issuance of up to $5,000,000 of additional general obligation bonds.

Neither approval of the two-mill levy nor the new bonds will raise tax rates for county residents.