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Packets for Santa Fe candidates available for pick up

SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe City Clerk Yolanda Vigil reminds potential candidates for the November municipal election that candidate packets are available for pick up today at City Hall, 200 Lincoln Avenue, Room 215, in Santa Fe.

The election cycle begins earlier this year due to the passage of the Local Elections Act, which paved the way municipalities to move their election from March of even number of years to November of odd numbered years.

Four City Council seats, one in each district, and the position of municipal judge will be contested during the Nov. 5 election.

The candidate packets include nominating petitions and all forms relating to Public Campaign Financing. The nominating petitions must contain names, addresses and signatures of at least one-half of 1 percent of registered voters in the district. Municipal judge candidates must collect the same percentage of registered voters living within the city limits.

City Council candidates must be a registered voter who resides in the district they intend to represent, while those running for municipal judge must be city of Santa Fe residents.

Candidates may choose to qualify for $15,000 in public financing by collecting the requisite number of $5 qualifying contributions.

For more information on qualifying as a City Council or municipal judge candidate, call 505-955-6326.