As the municipal election season winds down, the season for state and county races is poised to start.
Candidates intending to run for state and county positions had to officially declare their intentions this week.
In Sandoval County, commission seats in Districts 1 and 3 are in play, along with the sheriff, assessor, magistrate judges and probate judge positions. There will be contested primaries in the District 3, assessor, sheriff, Division I and Division II magistrate races, and the contests for House District 57 and probate judge will be a rematch of the 2012 election.
Among the state race candidates who filed in Sandoval County is Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert, R-Corrales, who is running unopposed for the House District 44 seat she has held for many years.
The District 60 race in the November election will be between Republican incumbent Tim Lewis and Democrat Linda Sanchez Allison, who lost a bid in 2012 for the Senate District 40 seat to Republican Craig Brandt.
District 57 will be a replay of the 2012 contest between Republican Jason Harper and Democrat Donna Tillman. Harper won the seat two years ago.
On the County Commission, Democrat James Dominguez of Bernalillo and Republican Gary Miles of Placitas are vying to replace Democrat Orlando Lucero for the commission’s District 1 seat. Lucero is stepping down because of term limits.
District 3 Commissioner Don Chapman, a Republican, is seeking re-election. He is facing a challenge in the June primary from Republican Michael MacDonald, a Rio Rancho businessman.
County Assessor Tom Garcia, a Republican, has two Republican opponents in the June primary, Leroy Lovato and Pete Salazar.
The winner of that primary will face Democrat Antonio Montoya in the November general election.
Sandoval County Sheriff Doug Wood, a Republican, is seeking re-election. He will face off in November against whoever wins the primary contest between Democrats John Paul Trujillo, the former county sheriff, Steve Reynolds and Jesse James Casaus.
The magistrate Division I primary will be between Democrats, incumbent Richard Zanotti and Daniel Tallon.
In Division II, Democrats Bill Mast, Benito Aragon and Timothy Herrera will face off in the June primary.
Division III incumbent Delilah Montano-Baca, a Democrat, is running unopposed.
The probate judge general election race will be a rematch of the 2012 contest pitting Democratic incumbent Charles Aguilar against Republican Lawrence McClain.