All Bernalillo County incumbents face challengers

It looks like Bernalillo County voters will see some rematches this year.

Each of the incumbents in county offices will face challengers in either the primary or general elections, and in some cases, the challengers are familiar faces.

The sheriff’s race drew five candidates – among them incumbent Dan Houston and his predecessor, ex-Sheriff Manny Gonzales.

On the Democrat side, the candidates are Sylvester Stanley, retired sheriff’s captain, and Gonzales, who was appointed sheriff in 2009 to fill a vacancy and later lost the seat to Houston.

The Republican candidates are Houston; Scott Baird, a retired chief deputy under Houston; and Jason Nufer.

Among other races:

• In County Commission District 1, covering the North Valley and part of the West Side, incumbent Debbie O’Malley will face Simon Kubiak, an attorney. Kubiak, a Republican, was appointed in 2012 to fill a vacancy in District 1, then lost a campaign to O’Malley, a Democrat.

• In commission District 5, which covers the East Mountains and part of the Northeast Heights, incumbent Wayne Johnson will face both a Republican primary challenger and, if he advances, a Democrat in the fall.

The GOP challenger is John N. Madrid. The Democratic candidate is Michael Malloy, an engineer.

• Four candidates are running to serve as county assessor. Incumbent Tanya Giddings, a Democrat, will face Jerry Larranaga and Francisco Apodaca in the primary election.

George E. Torres is running as a Republican.

• There are four contested races on tap for Metropolitan Court.

In Division 8, the Democratic candidates are Joshua David Boone and Jill Martinez. Republican John Duran, the incumbent, is also running.

In Division 13, Democrat Carlos Scarborough faces Republican Michelle Castillo Dowler, the incumbent.

In Division 14, the candidates are Democrat Vidalia Chavez and Republican Peg Holguin, the incumbent.

Division 15 features Democrats Kenny C. Montoya and Jason Greenlee, the incumbent.

• Two Democrats are running for county probate judge: Dominic Levi Lafayette and incumbent Willow Misty Parks.

• The fall ballot will also include a variety of Metropolitan and District Court judges standing for retention.

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