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Three Councilors Seek Re-Election

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Incumbents are seeking re-election in the three Rio Rancho City Council district seats up for grabs in the March municipal election.

Tuesday was the date for candidates to file the required paperwork with the City Clerk.

The contests will be for council districts 1, 4 and 6. Voters also will have to make decisions on nine proposed charter revisions that will be on the March 6 ballot.

Councilor Michael Williams is seeking re-election to the District 1 seat in southern Rio Rancho. Williams has represented the district since 2000, with a short break in late 2007 and early 2008 when he served as mayor after former Mayor Kevin Jackson resigned.

“I plan to keep city fiscally sound, deliver services constituents want and look for ways to improve retail and manufacturing jobs so the city can be more self-sufficient,” Williams said on Wednesday.

His opponent is longtime council critic Chuck Wilkins.

Wilkins said the city has focused too much on building parks, enhancing the City Center and encouraging large businesses at the expense of fostering small businesses, maintaining neighborhood streets and the water system.

The contest for District 4 in central Rio Rancho will be a three-way race among incumbent Steve Shaw, a former Rio Rancho deputy police chief, local businessman Mark Scott and retired Rio Rancho police officer Roberta Radosevich. She is the wife of former city councilor Robert Radosevich.

The District 6 race attracted four candidates: Kathy Colley, the incumbent, Marilyn Salzman, Alonzo Clayton and Helene Apper.

Salzman represented District 6 from 2004 to 2008. She and Colley were the top vote-getters among five candidates vying for the seat in the 2008 election.

Colley defeated Salzman in a runoff election. City rules require a runoff in races with three or more candidates if no one wins more than 50 percent of the votes.

Clayton ran unsuccessfully in the District 6 race in 2008 and in 2004, when he lost to Salzman. He also ran in the 2002 mayoral race that Jim Owen won.

Apper has spoken at City Council meetings opposing development at the La Plazuela site west of the Sandoval County Judicial Complex at N.M. 528 and Idalia. Apper lives in the Vista Entrada neighborhood north and west of the site.

The Sandoval County communities of Corrales and Bernalillo also will hold elections March 6.

Elections will be held for Corrales council seats districts 2, 5 and 6. District 2 incumbent Gerard Gagliano is seeking re-election. His opponent will be Hoyt Hart.

District 5 incumbent Sayre Gerhart is not running again. Former councilor Jim Fahey, David Lorenzo C’de Baca and David Giron will vie for the seat.

Luis Quintana and Marilyn Hill filed to run for the municipal judge position.

Pat Clause will run unopposed to hold on to her District 6 council seat.

In Bernalillo, councilors Ronnie Sisneros and Marian Jaramillo will run unopposed to hold on to their seats. No other candidates filed, said Town Clerk Ida Fierro.

Sharon Torres is running for another term as municipal judge in Bernalillo.

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