One candidate withdrew their name and another has added their name in the race for the Socorro Consolidated School Board.
Last week, Geraldine Jaramillo Maldonado, 49, of Socorro, withdrew her name as a candidate for the race in District 1.
Now only two candidates will square-off in the race currently held by Kim Gonzales, who decided not to seek re-election. Candidates in District I are David Elfrigo Greigo III and David Roy Hicks.
Candidates in District II will remain the same. Incumbent Carlos E. Vega will be facing challengers Gregory D. Ezell, Michael J. Hargather and Adam S. Paz.
In District III, Hamdy Soliman signed up to be a write-in candidate in District III. He will challenge incumbent JC” C. Trujillo and political newcomer. Lindsey Dawn Lopez.
Soliman had his name approved by the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Voter Services. Voters who wish to cast a vote for Soliman will have to write in his name because it will not appear on the printed ballot. Names printed on the ballot had to declare their candidacy by August 27.
November’s election will be the first under the state’s new election code. All elections are for local candidates and are nonpartisan contests. Election Day is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Other races will remain unchanged in Socorro County.
Magdalena School District
In Magdalena, five individuals have filed for three open positions on the local school board.
Vying for the District III position are incumbent Marva L. Brunson and Sharon L. Harris.
Marva L. Bruson of Magadalena is a the current member of the Magdalena School Board and has been on the board for several terms.
Sharon L. Harris, 66, of Magdalena, has been a school board member for the previous four years. She has a bachelor’s of science degree from Eastern New Mexico University and is a retired teacher.
Brett D. Bruton is the lone candidate for the District IV school board post. Bruton, 32, of Magdalena, graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in ag business. He currently serves as the Assistant Manager of Bruton Ranch in Magdalena and is a board member of the San Agustine Water Coalition.
While in Distict V, incumbent Linda Jean Montoya will face off against Kayla Kersey.
Linda Jean Montoya, 68, of Magdalena, was appointed to the school board to fill a vacancy. She has a bachelor’s of science degree in education from Indiana State University and done post graduate work at New Mexico Tech and the University of New Mexico.
Kayla Kersey, 31, of Magdalena, attended college and is a business consultant and executive. She has not held public office before.
Magdalena Trustee, Municipal Judge
There is only one candidate each vying for trustee and the municipal judge position in Magdalena.
Donna B. Dawson is the lone candidate for the Magdalena trustee position. Dawson, 60, of Magdalena, has an associate’s degree in CIS. She is a real estate broker and was previously elected as a trustee.
Simon J. Armijo is only candidate seeking the Magdalena municipal judge post.
Socorro Soil and Water Conservation District
Three individuals are vying for the District 1 position for the Soil and Water Conservation District. Candidates include Sam B. Olney, Edward L. Harris and Vernon G. Leseberg Sr.