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City council candidate announces

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Enchanted Hills resident Cheryl Everett issued a news release this week announcing she intends to run as a candidate for the City Council District 3 seat in the nonpartisan municipal election in March.

The incumbent, Tamara Gutierrez, a Democrat, was appointed to the seat in 2009 after the death of former Councilor Delma Petrullo and was elected in 2010. Gutierrez did not return calls asking if she plans to seek re-election.

The redistricting plan councilors approved in 2011 defined District 3 as the northwestern section of Rio Rancho bordered by U.S. 550, Idalia and a portion of Unser. It includes neighborhoods such as Enchanted Hills, Mariposa and a portion of Northern Meadows.

Everett said she has no particular party affiliation and views issues on a case-by-case basis.

She said her campaign theme will be “Progress we can afford.” Her priorities, if elected, will be to pursue policies that help cut the city’s crime rate and reduce response times for fire and emergency medical services, conserve city water, improve roads and market the city more effectively to businesses.

Her previous government experience includes positions in Michigan with the State Senate Appropriations Committee and the city of Pontiac, Mich., Public Service/Information Office.

Everett has been active in local organizations, including serving as vice president of Enchanted Hills Neighborhood Association and the Central New Mexico League of Women Voters. She regularly attends and comments at city council meetings.

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