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Bernalillo County sheriff’s race draws a crowd

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bernalillo County could be in quite for a sheriff’s race.

A former chief deputy sheriff, Scott Baird, has already announced he’ll challenge incumbent Dan Houston in the Republican primary election. And whoever wins that campaign might face Houston’s predecessor in office, former Sheriff Manny Gonzales.

Also running on the Democratic side is Sylvester Stanley and on the Republican side Jason Nufer.

As for the County Commission, District 5 incumbent Wayne Johnson faces a challenge from fellow Republican John Madrid. Mike Malloy, an engineer, is running on the Democratic side in that district, which covers much of the Northeast Heights and East Mountains.

Incumbent Debbie O’Malley, a Democrat in commission District 1, doesn’t face any opponents yet.

More names could surface, though. Today is filing day for candidates throughout the state, and they have until 5 p.m. to fill out the paperwork to run.

Incumbent Assessor Tanya Giddings, a Democrat, is expected to face Gary Perez, a former Doña Ana County assessor, in the primary, though he hadn’t filed as of 2 p.m. Also running is Republican George Torres.

I’ll have more later today.