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Candidates declare ahead of March 4 elections

The local election season is underway again, with candidates making official declarations this week and campaign signs sprouting on the roadsides.

Bernalillo, Corrales and Rio Rancho will all hold municipal elections on March 4.

Mayors Tom Swisstack of Rio Rancho and Phil Gasteyer of Corrales are stepping down, while Bernalillo Mayor Jack Torres is seeking re-election.

Rio Rancho and Corrales have three council seats in play; Bernalillo has two. Unlike Rio Rancho and Corrales, Bernalillo councilors are not districted and run at-large.

All positions are for four-year terms.

Here are the candidates who filed with their city clerks on Tuesday and the positions they are seeking:


Mayor: Jack Torres (incumbent unopposed).

Council seats: Dale Prairie (incumbent), John Estrada and Ernestina Dominguez.

Councilor Santiago Montoya is stepping down after serving three terms.


Mayor: Christina Allen and Scott Kominiak.

Council seats: District 1, Ennio Garcia-Miera (incumbent) and Thomas Brown.

District 3, Phil Gasteyer (unopposed).

District 4, John Alsobrook II (incumbent) and David Dornburg.

Rio Rancho

Mayor: Morgan Braden, Greggory Hull, Jim Owen and Michael Williams.

Owen was mayor from 2002 to 2006. Williams was interim mayor from mid-2007 to spring 2008 after the resignation of former mayor Kevin Jackson and the election of Swisstack, who was re-elected in 2010.

Council seats: District 2, Sandra Atwood, Darlene Collins and Dawnn Robinson.

District 3, Cheryl Everett and Tamara Gutierrez (incumbent).

District 5, Thomas Buckner, Timothy Crum (incumbent), Paul Howell and Shelby Smith.

Municipal Judge: G. Robert Cook (incumbent), Jeffrey Goen and Ramon Montano.

Rio Rancho’s city charter requires runoff elections in races where no one receives at least 50 percent of the votes cast.