ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Voters in Rio Rancho, Corrales and Bernalillo will head to the polls Tuesday to select councilors who will represent them for the next four years.
Redistricting plans that took effect in Rio Rancho and Corrales to reflect population changes mean many voters in those communities are now living in different districts.
Bernalillo council seats are not districted and councilors run at large.
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Voters living in Council Districts 1, 4, 6 will elect a councilor. All residents will vote on nine proposed changes to the City Charter. Voters living in the city can cast ballots at any one of these polling locations:
• Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle
• Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane
• Mountain View Middle School, 4101 Montreal Loop
• Soul Rio Community Church, 2003 Southern Blvd
Key Rio Rancho Charter Revisions
• Define the mayor’s position as a full time job.
• Allow the mayor to second a motion to remove the city manager.
• New duties for the city manager.
• Remove Utilities Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission from the City Charter. (They exist separately under ordinance.)
• Require voters to show photo ID at municipal elections.
n Increase the number of signatures needed on an intention to file a recall petition from ten to 50.
More voter information can be found at www.ci.rio-rancho.nm.us.
Voters living in Council Districts 2, 5 and 6 will be electing a councilor. All voters will vote for a municipal judge.
Polling location: Corrales Recreation Center, 500 Jones Road.
More voter information can be found at www.corrales-nm.org/Election2012.html.
Council incumbents Marian Jaramillo and Ronnie Sisneros and Municipal Judge Sharon Torres seek re-election.
Polling location: Town Hall Chambers, 829 S. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo
All polling locations open between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Rio Rancho voters face choices to re-elect incumbents in Districts 1, 4 and 6, or to pick from among the candidates vying to unseat them. Ballots in the city election will also contain a list of nine changes to the City Charter proposed by the charter review committee.
The most-talked about changes: making the Rio Rancho mayor’s position a full-time job, and requiring voters to produce photo identification at municipal elections.
Currently, the charter doesn’t define the mayor’s job as full or part time and the revision doesn’t clarify what full time means. It does say the office-holder shouldn’t hold another job that would materially conflict with performing mayoral duties. Salary for the position would be have to be approved by the council and wouldn’t take effect until the next mayoral election in 2014.
The District 1 race has featured controversy over a campaign sign displayed by incumbent Mike Williams. The councilor maintained a parked mobile sign at Southern and Unser complied with a city ordinance. City staff disagreed.
His opponent Chuck Wilkins frequently speaks at City Council meetings, criticizing the city’s treatment of small business owners.
Steve Shaw, the incumbent in District 4 is a former Rio Rancho deputy police chief. He is running against former city police sergeant Roberta Radosevich and local businessman Mark Scott.
The four-way race in District 6 pits incumbent Kathy Colley against former seat-holder Marilyn Salzman, Lonnie Clayton and Helene Apper.
The District 4 and 6 races could result in a run-off. City election rules require a runoff in races with three or more candidates if none of the candidates wins more than 50 percent of the votes cast.
In Corrales, voters living in Districts 2, 5 and 6 will be electing a councilor. Voters throughout the village will picking a new municipal judge.
The District 2 contest is between incumbent Gerard Gagliano and Hoyt Hart.
District 5 incumbent Sayre Gerhart is not seeking re-election, leaving the door open for a three-way contest between former councilor James Fahey, David Lorenzo C’de Baca and David Giron.
Pat Clauser is running unopposed in District 6.
Former village administrator Marilyn Hill and attorney Luis Quintana are vying to become the next Corrales municipal judge, replacing Mary Dougherty who is stepping down.
In Bernalillo, Councilors Marian Jaramillo and Ronnie Sisneros and municipal judge Sharon Torres are running unopposed.