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SANTA FE, N.M. — ‘Alert’ Seeks S.B. Candidates

The Santa Fe County Democratic Party issued an “alert” Tuesday, urging candidates to come forward to run for two open Santa Fe School Board seats.

Incumbents Frank Montaño and Barbara Gudwin announced Monday that they would not seek re-election in the February school elections. The deadline for candidates to file to run is next Tuesday, Dec. 18.

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Montaño and Gudwin’s announcements so close to the filing deadline leave “a worrisome vacuum to be filled for these important positions,” a statement from the county party said.

“The party may not back one Democrat over another,” the statement said. “But we can provide assistance in terms of thinking about how to conduct a campaign and considerations about offering to serve to all potential candidates.

“To the extent we know of folks thinking about running, we will share that information with all who are interested. The process of finding out who else may run and recruiting candidates is not done well in a week, especially with snow and holidays, but we will do what we can to facilitate it.”

Montaño’s District 5 includes the following schools: Kearny, Nava, and Salazar elementaries; Amy Biehl Community School; Turquoise Trail Charter; De Vargas Middle School and the Career Academy at Larragoite.

Gudwin’s District 3 includes Carlos Gilbert and Tesuque elementaries; Aspen Community Magnet School, Carlos Gilbert and Gonzales Community School.

Murderer in 2000 Slayings Dies

An Española man who murdered two 17-year-old high school sweethearts during the Good Friday pilgrimage to Chimayó in 2000 died Monday.

Herrera, 32, who was serving a 60-year prison sentence for the shooting deaths of Ricky Martinez and Karen Castanon, died due to complications from cancer, according to a report by KOAT.

State Department of Corrections spokeswoman Cristina Rodda did not return phone or email messages seeking information about the death.

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