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Former SF County commissioner running again as independent

SANTA FE — Former Santa Fe County Commissioner Mike Anaya will run for the same seat he held for eight years, but this time as an independent.

Anaya, who was the District 3 commissioner from 2003 to 2011, is also running to replace his brother, Robert Anaya, who has held down the south county District 3 seat since Mike Anaya left it.

“I feel that in the in the years I had there I learned a lot, and Robert has done great things,” Mike Anaya said in a phone interview. “I want to continue that for District 3.” Commissioners are limited to two consecutive four-year terms but can run again after a break.

Secretary of State spokesperson Joey Keefe said Anaya would need to file a number of nominating signatures equal to 3 percent of the total votes for governor in District 3 in the 2014 general election by a June 28 deadline for minor parties and independents.

If Anaya makes the general election ballot, he’ll face a Democrat. Running for the Democratic nomination in District 3 are: Filandro Anaya, a general construction contractor; Santa Fe County legislative liaison/project manager and Santa Fe school board member Rudy Garcia; and Donald Reece, who is currently listed as a board member on the county’s Health Policy and Planning Commission.

Filandro Anaya said he is not related to Mike and Robert Anaya. Incumbent Henry Roybal didn’t draw an opponent for the County Commission’s District 1 seat.

No Republicans filed to run for Santa Fe County offices by Tuesday’s major-party deadline.

Four candidates have filed to run for Santa Fe County sheriff. They are Leonard Romero, a retired Santa Fe Police Department detective and SFCSO deputy; Manuel Anaya, a Public Regulation Commission investigator; Linda Ortiz, a retired SFCSO lieutenant who spent 25 years with the department, and Adan Mendoza, who started at the SFCSO in 1998 and retired in 2016 as a major. Incumbent Robert Garcia is term-limited and can’t run.

In Santa Fe County Magistrate Court, incumbent Judge David Segura will run against bail bondsman Jerry Gonzales in the June 5 primary. Samuel Sena, the current community liaison for the Santa Fe Magistrate DWI Court and a former State Police officer, will run against Santa Fe Deputy District Attorney John Rysanek to replace Donna Bevacqua-Young, who is running for a District Court judgeship.

Magistrate judges George Anaya and Donita Sena face no opposition for re-election.

Gus Martinez has filed to run for county assessor again while Cordilia Montoya and Megan Rodriguez are running for probate judge.

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