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Federal, Statewide & Valencia County PRIMARY R ACES
President of the United States Democrat Barack Obama Republican Newt Gingrich Ron Paul Mitt Romney Rick Santorum U.S. Senate Democrat Hector Balderas Martin T. Heinrich Republican Greg Sowards Heather A. Wilson U.S. House of Representatives District 1 Democrat Martin J. Chavez Eric G. Griego Michelle Lujan Grisham Republican Janice E. Arnold-Jones District 2 Democrat Evelyn Madrid Erhard Republican Steve Pearce New Mexico Court of Appeals Democrat Victor S. Lopez M. Monica Zamora Republican J. Miles Hanisee New Mexico State Senate District 29 Democrat Michael Sanchez Republican David Chavez New Mexico State Senate District 30 Democrat Randolph Collins Clemente Sanchez David Ulibarri Maxine Velasquez Republican Vickie Perea New Mexico State Senate District 39 Democrat Nicole Castellano Phil A. Griego Jack Sullivan New Mexico State Representative District 7 Democrat Leroy Baca Andrew J. Barreras Michelle L. Mares Republican Kelly K. Fajardo New Mexico State Representative District 8 Democrat Frank A. Otero Republican Alonzo Baldonado New Mexico State Representative District 48 Republican Don Tripp New Mexico State Representative District 50 Democrat Stephen P. Easley Patricia Lincoln Republican Gerald L. Chavez Charles Larry Miller New Mexico State Representative District 69 Democrat W. Ken Martinez

The 2012 primary election will be held Tuesday, June 5
Early voting will begin on Saturday, May 19, and will continue to Saturday, June 2. Early voting will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, at the Belen Community Center, 305 Eagle Lane, in Belen, and in the commission chambers at the Valencia County Courthouse, 444 Luna Avenue, in Los Lunas. The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The following is a list of federal, state and county offices and candidates seeking office:

13th Judicial District Attorney Democrat Lemuel Martinez Republican Kenneth E. Fladager 13th Judicial District Court Judge Democrat LaDonna L. Giron Valencia County Commission District 2 Democrat Alicia Aguilar Torres G. Leyba Ralph R. Miramontes Republican Jimmy Baca Tim Pruitt Valencia County Commission District 4 Democrat Charles Eaton Richard Herrera Republican Alberto C. Carrillo Jerry Don Gage Toby Michael Jaramillo Valencia County Commission District 5 Democrat Donald E. Holliday Republican Benito S. Serna Valencia County Clerk Democrat Debi Barreras-Wright Lucy D. Gonzales Lawrence E. Kaneshiro Republican Peggy Carabajal Valencia County Treasurer Democrat Dorothy Otero Lovato Republican Lorell L. Campbell Henry J. Wirth

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creation, education and health care. We need more jobs in Valencia County that are good paying jobs. I am currently working with companies and businesses to try to convince them of the positive benefits of moving their company to Valencia County. Public education is our future. Health care, which includes a hospital, is essential to the well being of citizens of all ages.” 2. Would you support funding for an interchange and river bridge in Los Lunas now that the Los Lunas Corridor Study has been completed and approved? “Yes. I have never opposed money for a properly designed additional exit for Los Lunas. My concern has always been ‘eminent domain,’ or taking private property, to build a huge corridor. Proper planning is the key.” 3. What is the best way to foster bipartisanship in the legislature to end the gridlock and pass needed legislation? “The Senate currently works in a bipartisan way. Debate and compromise is not gridlock. We are able to pass many bills that are acceptable to both political parties. “Gridlock is when neither

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Name: Michael S. Sanchez Age: 61 Occupation: Attorney Education: JD from University of New Mexico Law

School, 1976; BA from UNM, 1973; Belen High School, 1968. Previous political experience: New Mexico State Senator, Dist. 29, 1992 to present. Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your three top priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “My top priorities are job

party is willing to compromise. Luckily, in the Senate we do have bipartisan compromise on many bills.” 4. With capital outlay at an all time low, which Valencia County projects are you willing to go to bat for if elected? Give three examples. “As I always have, I will ‘go to bat’ for the senior citizen centers, all schools and infrastructure for the municipalities.” 5. What part of the budget would you trim in order to increase funding for areas you perceive to have the most

need; and what are those areas of need? “The state budget is already ‘bare bones.’ We trimmed $800 million over a period of four years from the budget. Rather than trim anymore from anyone, I would rather use some of the money from the permanent fund to increase early childhood education. “We now have over $15 billion in the permanent fund. A constitutional amendment passed by the voters would allow a fraction of those billions to be used for education.”

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Age: 53 Occupation: Attorney Education: NMSU, UNM School of Law Previous political experience: State Representative 2010-present; UNM-VC Advisory Board from 19992009. Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your three top priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “Help create jobs, repeal the law that gives illegal immigrants a driver’s license and improve education. These are issues that my constituents are most concerned with.” 2. Would you support funding for an interchange and river bridge in Los Lunas now that the Los Lunas Corridor Study has been completed and approved? “Yes, I have supported both of these for over a decade.” 3. What is the best way to foster bipartisanship in the legislature to end the gridlock and pass needed legislation? “By electing me to the state Senate. My opponent controls which legislation is heard on the Senate floor. He has personally prevented education reform and has blocked the repel of the driver’s license bill for illegal immigrants. He puts politics before people and progress. He is the gridlock.” 4. With capital outlay at an all time low, which Valencia County projects are you willing to go to bat for if elected? Give three examples. “1. Bridge; 2. Hospital; and 3. Infrastructure improvements for the Peralta area.” 5. What part of the budget would you trim in order to increase funding for areas you perceive to have the most need; and what are those areas of need? “That each agency, in conjunction with the legislature, look at ways to reduce their budget to avoid wasteful spending. Ensure that government is always operated in an effective, productive manner by curtailing the rate of government growth. The areas of most needs are education, health care, infrastructure and road improvements.”

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strong economy by supporting small business, worker retraining, education, tourism, invest in rural communities; 2. Build the best schools and colleges by recognizing and promoting excellence in teaching, student outcomes and parental involvement; 3. Protect our communities, including safe streets and affordable quality health care for working families.” 2. Would you support funding for an interchange and river bridge in Los Lunas now that the Los Lunas Corridor Study has been completed and approved? “Yes, as long it can be placed at a location without major disruption to communities. The “A. To work in a bipartisan way to get things done; B. To work on legislation and policy that promotes small business development, entrepreneurship and private/public partnerships that will create jobs; C. To ensure that appropriations are vetted for waste and that we continue to have a balanced budget and not hurting programs such as Medicaid, school funding and public safety.” 2. Would you support funding for an interchange and river bridge in Los Lunas now that the Los Lunas Corridor Study has been completed and approved? “Yes, I would support fundtop priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “Jobs, public education and supporting our veterans. Jobs: We still have a high rate of unemployment in the state. “Public education: The graduation rates for N.M. still are very low and the drop out rates are too high and more so for Native Amercians and Hispanics. “Supporting our veterans: Take care of those that have taken care of us.” 2. Would you support funding for an interchange
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Name: Randolph Marshall “Randy” Collins Age: 55 Occupation: Acoma Pueblo Judge/Attorney/College Instructor Educat ion: B.A.

Georgetown University., M.A. University of Chicago and J.D. Georgetown University Law School Previous political experience: Senior policy advisor for two governors and U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “1. Create good jobs and a Business Administration, (BBA) -Easter n NM University, Master of Business Administration (MBA)-NM Highlands University Previous political experience: Ran for the state Senate District 30 in 2008. Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? Occupation; Retired county government (Cibola County) Previous political experience: State Senator since 2006; Councilman for city of Grants (4 years) Education: Didn’t answer Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your three

interchange and river bridge would encourage economic growth by helping to alleviate congested traffic. “We should also explore other long-term solutions to Main Street congestion, such as the viability of public transit.” 3. What is the best way to foster bipartisanship in the legislature to end the gridlock and pass needed legislation? “Fostering bipartisanship requires working on areas of agreement for important priorities, instead of dwelling on differences that divide us. We need careful consideration of other viewpoints. “As the Acoma judge, former Cibola County prosecutor ing for the interchange and river bridge. I would also make sure that everyone (land owners, farmers, ranchers, city, county and state officials) are involved and communicated with in the planning and design of the project prior to construction.” 3. What is the best way to foster bipartisanship in the legislature to end the gridlock and pass needed legislation? “Once the election is over, all parties need to go to Santa Fe, communicate and do what is best for all citizens of Valencia County and the state of New Mexico. We all have to get over this ‘us against them and them against us’ thinking and river bridge in Los Lunas now that the Los Lunas Corridor Study has been completed and approved? “Have not seen study, but I would support what the study recommends.” 3. What is the best way to foster bipartisanship in the legislature to end the gridlock and pass needed legislation? “The three branches of government, House, Senate and Executive need to come together on one agenda and that being the agenda of the people of New Mexico.”

and Valencia County attorney, I have demonstrated the ability to bring opposing parties to successful outcomes.” 4. With capital outlay funding at an all time low, which Valencia County projects are you willing to go to bat for if elected. Give three examples? “Given that capital needs for school construction (always a top priority) are handled separately: 1) Road repair and traffic congestion relief, especially on Los Lunas’ Main Street; 2) Ensuring law enforcement has the tools it needs; and 3) Senior and youth recreation centers, parks and trails.” and do what is best for all. The citizens will come before any party.” 4. With capital outlay funding at an all-time low, which Valencia County projects are you willing to go to bat for if elected. Give three examples? “Funding for our senior citizen centers is always a priority, additional funding for the Los Lunas Drug & Substance Abuse Center and construction and improvements to our schools, roads, sewer and water system improvements. Local citizens and public officials should set the priorities and then it is my job to get the fund4. With capital outlay at an all time low, which Valencia County projects are you willing to go to bat for if elected? Give three examples. “We have to redo the capital outlay process. I am willing to work with community leaders to prioritize projects in order to fully fund and complete projects.” 5. What part of the budget would you trim in order to increase funding for areas you perceive to have the most need; and what are those areas of need?

5. What part of the budget would you trim in order to increase funding for areas you perceive to have the most need; and what are those areas of need? “All budget areas should be examined to remove waste and improve efficiency by consolidating departments and eliminating wasteful tax loopholes while pursuing policies that spur economic growth. “Our highest needs are for job creation, education, public safety and access to quality affordable health care.” ing for these projects.” 5. What part of the budget would you trim in order to increase funding for areas you perceive to have the most need; and what are those areas of need? “All parts of the budget will be on the table for proper vetting of waste, duplication and fraud. Medicaid and funding for our elderly and children’s programs are areas of great need, which include but not limited to quality health care, quality education and protection of our children. Infrastructure improvements need funding.” “We have already trimmed the budget. We must find ways to increase revenues and make New Mexico business friendly. “We must start using our resources in the state, oil and gas, mining and promoting New Mexico tourism in order to put our people to work.”

Name: Clemente Sanchez Age: 53 Occupation: Director of the NMSU Grants Campus – Small Business Development Center Education: Bachelor of

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1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “My priorities are local job creation and economic development so we create lasting careers, improving education and fighting for affordable health care for all New Mexicans. I am committed to improving infrastructure for rural communities and ensuring that our veterans or seniors don’t fall through the cracks.” 2. Would you support funding for an interchange and river bridge in Los Lunas now that the Los Lunas Corridor Study has been completed and approved? “Yes. This is a plan that has been in the works for many years and I support funding the interchange for the growing city of Los Lunas. The interchange and bridge crossing, which is part of the Mid-Region Council of Governments’ plan for Valencia County, will alleviate congestion on Main Street.” 3. What is the best way to foster bipartisanship in the legislature to end the gridlock and pass needed legislation? “I am committed to getting things done. It’s also what the public demands, which is a good thing. I will draw on my mediation experience to keep to the issue at hand. I think that’s

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Name: Maxine Velasquez Age: 43 Occupation: Attorney Education: Master of Public Administration, University of New Mexico School of Public

Administration, May 2003 Juris Doctor, University of New Mexico School of Law, May 1998 Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice, University of New Mexico, May 1993, Associates of Science, Administration of Justice, Allan Hancock College, August 1990 Previous political experience: None. Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.”

key to fostering bipartisanship. Much of the work around economic development and education should be non-ideological.” 4. With capital outlay funding at an all time low, which Valencia County projects are you willing to go to bat for if elected. Give three examples? “In 2009, several projects slated for funding were cut from the Severance Tax Bond appropriations bill. I would look at the projects cut and replace those first, including funding for Belen’s Consolidated Schools, improvements to highways 304 and 47, and of course funding the river crossing in

Los Lunas.” 5. What part of the budget would you trim in order to increase funding for areas you perceive to have the most need; and what are those areas of need? “If we require big, out-ofstate corporations to pay the same state income tax that homegrown New Mexico businesses pay, we would generate between $45-60 million a year and help balance our state budget, provide critical funding for schools, and create jobs for our families.”

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program for executives in state and local government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, honorary LLD, Doctor of Laws, Cohen University and Theological School Previous political experience: City councilor, city of Albuquerque Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “Jobs, education and taking care of our district needs. Lack of employment is putting too many families under great financial stress. Entrepreneurship is a valuable component of the New Mexico economy. Our educational system is in need of productive and meaningful assessment. Projects that effect health, safety, and security need funding.” 2. Would you support funding for an interchange and river bridge in Los Lunas now that the Los Lunas Corridor Study has been completed and approved? “Yes. Traffic in Los Lunas has increased substantially, making it difficult for the public and emergency vehicles to maneuver around the gridlock at peak hours. This could be the difference between life and death for us or one of our loved ones.” 3. What is the best way to foster bipartisanship in the legislature to end the gridlock and pass needed legislation? “Every effort must be made to keep lines of communication open between varying interpretations of the issues. Constant unwavering attempts must be made to find a common ground that best serves the needs of our communities and our state.” 4. With capital outlay funding at an all time low, which Valencia County projects are you willing to go to bat for if elected. Give three examples? “The system needs to be fixed, there is no planning process to identify, prioritize, and make recommendations for final approval by the Legislature and the governor for the projects that should be funded. Three examples are streets, ground water protection, public safety, police and fire.” 5. What part of the budget would you trim in order to increase funding for areas you perceive to have the most need; and what are those areas of need? “I cannot at this time commit to making a unilateral reduction to the state budget without a thorough review of all revenues and expenditures. However, I can unequivocally commit to giving high priority to issues effecting job creation, education, health and safety and security.”

Name: Vickie Perea Age: 65 Occupation: Retired Education: Attended University of New Mexico,

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1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “Jobs/small business support, education and health care. Water/agriculture issues. I am a rancher, so I represent and fight for those issues that are vital to ranchers and farmers.” 2. Would you support funding for an interchange and river bridge in Los Lunas now that the Los Lunas Corridor Study has been completed and approved? “I would tend to support the interchange project, how“My top priorities include quality job creation and support for New Mexico small businesses; education, beginning at the pre-K level through higher education; and health care. I am running on a reform platform pledging to serve the interests of our families, and not corporations and their lobbyists in Santa Fe.” 2. Would you support funding for an interchange and river bridge in Los Lunas now that the Los Lunas Corridor Study has been completed and approved? “Yes, it’s encouraging that the interchange and bridge crossing is part of ever I want to fully review and research any significant eminent domain issues — owners must be justly compensated.” 3. What is the best way to foster bipartisanship in the legislature to end the gridlock and pass needed legislation? “Known for my consensus building, I work across party lines to pass legislation for vital services, protection or capital to improve the quality of life for my constituents and the people of New Mexico. I’m ranked No. 2 in total bills sponsored that were signed into law out of 112 the Mid-Region Council of Governments’ plan for the county. I will work to see these improvements get placed on the Department of Transportation’s five-year plan and fully funded as federal and state funds are made available.” 3. What is the best way to foster bipartisanship in the legislature to end the gridlock and pass needed legislation? “Communication and an open mind to issues are always the best tools to foster bipartisan cooperation with legislators and the governor. I will also work to achieve better public awareness of issues among all constituents in District 39 so

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Name: Phil Griego Age: 62 Occupation: No answer

Education: No answer Previous political experience: City Council member Santa Fe 1986 (12 years), Mayor Pro Tem (8 years) Santa Fe City Council; current state Senator for District 39 since 1997 Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “DUI misdemeanor in 2001.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” Tech; Master of Science of Civil Engineering (EngineeringEconomic Planning Option), Stanford University Previous political experience: Santa Fe County Commissioner 2000-08, Chairman 2003 and 2008 Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why?

legislators.” 4. With capital outlay funding at an all time low, which Valencia County projects are you willing to go to bat for if elected. Give three examples? “It’s great speaking with the people of Valencia County. I have learned of some of the projects important to them, including the Fred Luna Senior Center, public school upgrades and infrastructure for community centers and municipalities. My record in the Senate reflects that I fight for the benefit of my their input is heard and considered first.” 4. With capital outlay funding at an all time low, which Valencia County projects are you willing to go to bat for if elected. Give three examples? “With respect to capital outlay project funding, my priorities will be for projects that improve the health and safety of our families. Examples include water and wastewater improvements; transportation projects like roads, bridges, bus service and drainage; emergency responder facilities; open space and facilities for our seniors.”

represented communities.” 5. What part of the budget would you trim in order to increase funding for areas you perceive to have the most need; and what are those areas of need? “As I stated in my priorities above in question one — these are the issues I am determined to continue to fight for. We must take a hard look at all areas of the budget in order to meet the needs of hard working men and women. Everything is on the table.” 5. What part of the budget would you trim in order to increase funding for areas you perceive to have the most need; and what are those areas of need? “Better accountability and comprehensive oversight will generate more efficient government without having to arbitrarily cut program funding. Taxing out-of-state corporations state income tax, which we don’t currently do, is one way to generate between $4560 million yearly. My priorities of need remain: quality job growth, education and affordable health care.”

Name: Jack Sullivan Age: 69 Occupation: Registered professional engineer Education: Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Georgia

New Mexico State Senate District 39 Democratic candidate Nicole Castellano chose not to answer the News-Bulletin’s questionnaire.

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and math, MA – Math, administration Previous political experience: Belen Board of Education, two terms Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” Name: LeRoy Baca Age: 60 Occupation: Retired educator from University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus Education: BA — Spanish 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “Education, economy and the environment are my top three priorities. Many students Representative in District 7, four years. Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “Like many small business owners, I was hit hard by the worse economic crisis in our life time. I reorganized and am currently meeting all of my financial obligations.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “As a result of my restructuring by debt and reorganization, I do owe taxes in Valencia County. However, I have a working agreement with the county treasurer’s office and I am currently paying to bring it current.” Education: 96 credit hours toward BA Previous political experience: I have worked on statewide campaigns since 2004. Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” Name: Michelle L. Mares Age: 49 Occupation: Sales/consultant 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “Education, economy and come to school without having the very basic needs to fully engage in the educational process. Our greatest resource is our students, and we must ensure that every single student has available the best possible education. The economy and environment go hand-inhand and we must stimulate the economy without harming the environment.” 2. Would you support funding an interchange and river bridge in Los Lunas now that the Los Lunas Corridor Study has been completed and approved? “Yes, I certainly do support the bridge project, providing 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “1. Education: How well we prepare our students will determine our collective well being in the future; 2. Medicare/ Medicaid: We have one of the highest percentages of uninsured in the country. We must ensure that access to quality health care remains available for the most vulnerable, the elders and the children and for working families; 3. Job creation: We must find ways to invest in job creation that is appropriate for the rural nature of our communities.” 2. Would you support funding for an interchange and river bridge in Los Lunas now that the Los Lunas infrastructure. Let’s work together, making sure that we are providing the best public education to the children of Valencia County. We all know we need jobs, especially here where there are so many people out of work. The infrastructure is everything from our roads, water and waste disposal, to schools and senior centers.” 2. Would you support funding for an interchange and river bridge in Los Lunas now that the Los Lunas Corridor Study has been completed and approved? “Yes.” that we place strict regulations so that we don’t put any strain on our environment, particularly our water. Growth will always be inevitable, but we must control and regulate it so that our infrastructure will always be manageable and sustainable.” 3. What is the best way to foster bipartisanship in the legislature to end the gridlock and pass needed legislation? “My philosophy has always been to strive for the common good of all and do what is right. We must all be reasonable and rational and forget partisanship. We all should always work toward the betterment of Corridor Study has been completed and approved? “Now that the study is complete, we must fully evaluate the costs and the benefits of the proposed interchange and river bridge in Los Lunas. If it is the will of the people, I would do my best to support the necessary funding.” 3. What is the best way to foster bipartisanship in the legislature to end the gridlock and pass needed legislation? “As a former Representative, I tried to work in a bipartisan way in what I believe represented my constituents’ best interest. “We have to be courageous to demonstrate that working across party lines is not taboo. We have to put the people first. 3. What is the best way to foster bipartisanship in the legislature to end the gridlock and pass needed legislation? “We have a lot of work ahead of us and there have been problems moving legislation forward. There are many changes coming ahead with this election cycle. I believe that bringing in new people with the willingness to get the job done will make a difference for New Mexico. I intend to go to Santa Fe with that attitude and will work hard toward that goal.” 4. With capital outlay our state. Working together for justice, fairness and equality for all will make our state the greatest state ever.” 4. With capital outlay funding at an all-time low, which Valencia County projects are you willing to go to bat for if elected. Give three examples? “The traffic going west to east in Los Lunas is extremely congested. Many people coming from Albuquerque via I-40 need a few more exits to get to N.M. 314. The Manzano Expressway needs to go further north and join N.M. 47 close to the reservation or traverse it providing access is available.” It takes time and energy to build coalitions and alliances to get things accomplished.” 4. With capital outlay funding at an all time low, which Valencia County projects are you willing to go to bat for if elected. Give three examples? “I have always tried to work with our governing entities and their priorities in addressing our district’s capital outlay needs. Where our municipalities, counties and schools fall short, I have always tried to make up those short falls. With diminished resources, we have to work together to find multiple ways to finance our roads, infrastructure and school facilities.” funding at an all time low, which Valencia County projects are you willing to go to bat for if elected. Give three examples? “There are many projects that are critical to the growth and improvement of Valencia County. Because of the budget, we really have to prioritize and work on projects that are most likely to get approved for funding. I will not be timid about presenting bills for capital outlay funds. You don’t get anything if you don’t ask.” 5. What part of the budget would you trim in order 5. What part of the budget would you trim in order to increase funding for areas you perceive to have the most need; and what are those areas of need? “Our prison system should be looked at carefully; we have too many people incarcerated for non-violent behavior. Use that saving in providing training for those in need of skills to enter into the job market. Limit bureaucracy in any state institution and put that money into our health care system.” 5. What part of the budget would you trim in order to increase funding for areas you perceive to have the most need; and what are those areas of need? “Education, health social services and public safety receive the largest percentage of our general funds. I believe that rather than cutting, we have to consider restructuring our tax policies to be fair and conducive to greater economic and business development and increased revenues to support our needs. There is a lot to cut without hurting the most vulnerable people, which is a high percentage of our population.” to increase funding for areas you perceive to have the most need; and what are those areas of need. “We need to look at waste in all areas of state government, evaluate whether private contracts are saving money or spending more. I believe that we need to look at taxes going into the system, and tax big box corporations that are not currently paying taxes on profits they are making in New Mexico. We have to bring in more revenue from those who can pay more. We can’t continue ‘trimming’ off the backs of working families.”

Name: Andrew Barreras Age: 47 Occupation: Small business owner, restaurant owner, consultant and Real Estate developer Education: No answer Previous political experience: Two terms as state

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felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “Help small businesses start-up and grow by minimizing the intrusion of government regulation, improve our education system by making sure we keep funds in the classroom and repeal the law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain a driver’s license.” 2. Would you support funding for an interchange and river bridge in Los Lunas now that the Los Lunas Corridor Study has been completed and approved? “Yes — Valencia County continues to grow at a faster pace than expected. We need to deal pro-actively with our infrastructure needs in order to protect our rural way of life.” 3. What is the best way to foster bipartisanship in the legislature to end the gridlock and pass needed legislation? “As legislators, it is our responsibility to put people before politics. We need to reach across party lines and make decisions that serve the needs of our constituents and our community, and not be concerned about pleasing the party elite.” 4. With capital outlay funding at an all-time low, which Valencia County projects are you willing to go to bat for if elected. Give three examples. “The bigger issue is how capital outlay funding is being distributed across the board. There is very little insight or accountability in how these funds are being used, which can lead to waste, fraud and abuse. I will drive more accountability and transparency on how our tax dollars are being used.” 5. What part of the budget would you trim in order to increase funding for areas you perceive to have the most need; and what are those areas of need. “Until we get our economy growing again, government budgets will continue to be constrained. I do not agree with across the board cuts. But I do agree that each agency should examine their current budget and find ways to reduce wasteful and unnecessary spending. Less waste means more money in the classroom and for our infrastructure needs.”

Name: Kelly Fajardo Age: 40 Occupation: Website/ Internet marketing Education: AAS in Legal Studies Previous political experience: “None.” Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a

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Name: Don Tripp Age: 66 Occupation: Jeweler, contractor, farmer Education: BA New Mexico Tech Previous political experience: N.M. House since 1999 Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” (Same questions as above) 1. “Water shortages in New Mexico. The need for water to sustain growth in New Mexico is driving the need to adjudicate the Rio Grande; shrinking educated work force. The jobs of the future will be knowledge
based and the young people entering the workforce do not have the educat ional levels that the older retiring workers have; services in the rural areas of the state.” 2. “We need an interchange off of I-25 at the very least. Traffic is affecting the quality of life in Los Lunas, which was the reason that many people relocated there in the first place.” 3. “Special interest groups send out their questionnaires with very focused questions about whether or not you will support legislation and vote a certain way. This hurts the bipartisanship that should be developed when legislators discuss the merits of an issue and how to best serve the state of New Mexico.” 4.“Last session I supported the animal shelter and fire departments in their requests. The next session I plan to partner with the other legislators in Valencia County on roads, flooding issues and senior center upgrades. The exact projects will come from the city fathers in the form of shovel-ready projects.” 5. “In the budget process, we have performance measures that don’t affect the budgets of the agency. We really should require justification of why any money for programs should be budgeted at all. One great area of need for more resources is early childhood development — it is the key to the success of every child.”

In 1992 I hired Lawrence as Director for the Bureau of Elections. We worked together for 8 years. This is my evaluation: Lawrence worked overtime too many times to count without asking for paid overtime. He worked everyday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and he understands how important it is for the Clerk and the office to be available during these times. His knowledge of the Clerk’s office and his training of employees in this office are most valuable. Lawrence knows every function of the Clerk office and with his 15 years of experience, he is more than ready Clerk’s to take the managerial position of Valencia County Clerk. He deserves and has earned the chance to manage the Valencia County Clerk’s office. Lawrence Kaneshiro will be a “working county clerk”. He is honest and dedicated. He is the best and only real choice for Valencia County.
He is “Experience You Can Trust” Kandy Cordova Former Valencia County Clerk (1988-2000) Former State Representative, Dist. 7 (2001-2006)

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High School, 1976, University of New Mexico, Business Management Previous political experience: Los Lunas Schools Board of Education, 2007-2011; Board President, 2008-2009 Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “My top three priorities are economic development, education, and infrastructure. Local, state and federal governments need to coordinate legislation to stimulate business opportunities and create the expansion of jobs. We must continue to invest in our schools because an adequate education is vital to our children’s future.” 2. Would you support funding for an interchange and river bridge in Los Lunas now that the Los Lunas Corridor Study has been completed and approved? “Yes, I would support funding for an interchange and river bridge. The existing traffic congestion in Los Lunas and adjoining communities has reached the point to where the public’s safety is in jeopardy. It takes too long to commute locally, and vehicle traffic delays are common.” 3. What is the best way to foster bipartisanship in the legislature to end the gridlock and pass needed legislation? “I believe that even if you don’t always agree with someone, you should respect him or her. Our constitution mandates checks and balances in the decision making process using three branches of government — executive, legislative and judicial. Mutual respect is important when negotiating partisan issues.” 4. With capital outlay funding at an all time low, which Valencia County projects are you willing to go to bat for if elected. Give three examples? “I would support capital outlay funding for infrastructure, roads and expansion of senior centers. There are many areas that are in need of community water and sanitary sewer systems. The senior citizen population has grown from 12 percent to 20 percent and is expected to grow to 30 percent in several years.” 5. What part of the budget would you trim in order to increase funding for areas you perceive to have the most need; and what are those areas of need? “In recent years, the state’s population has grown significantly, and tax revenues have decreased, resulting in reduced budgets. Each lawmaker has a fiduciary responsibility to serve the people of New Mexico, so it would be irresponsible to continue to cut programs without closing tax loopholes. Funding for education is a priority.”

Name: Frank A. Otero Age: 53 Occupation: Retired, facility operations manager, New Mexico Department of Health Education: Los Lunas

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Occupation: Small business owner-Real Estate broker and property manager Education: Bachelor of Business Administration, UNM 1996 Previous political experience: State Representative District 8 Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your top three priorities you would like to address if elected, and why? “Education reform. It is unacceptable for New Mexico to consistently be one of the worst in the nation. Advance pro-life legislation. Until Roe v. Wade is overturned, I will fight for our most vulnerable citizens. Capital outlay reform. The process we currently use encourages payback for votes and rewards for longevity in the legislature, it is unacceptable.” 2. Would you support funding for an interchange and river bridge in Los Lunas now that the Corridor Study has been completed and approved. “Yes. It is a safety and growth issue that needs to be addressed right now.” 3. What is the best way to foster bipartisanship in the legislature to end the gridlock and pass needed legislation? “The less legislation we pass the better. We need to elect legislators that are willing to work with Gov. Martinez to reform education, reform our capital outlay system and invite business growth and development to New Mexico.” 4. With capital outlay funding at an all time low, which Valencia County projects are you willing to go to bat for if elected? “General road maintenance. River bridge crossing and interchange in south Los Lunas. Conejo Transfer Station and the trash issue in general.” 5. What part of the budget would you trim in order to increase funding for areas you perceive to have the most need; and what are those areas of need? “Education and road maintenance around the state have suffered in recent years. There are many areas we need to address for budget trimming. For example, we currently operate in a welfare system that encourages couples not to get married and stay eligible for benefits long after the need should no longer be there.”

Name: Alonzo Baldonado Age: 38

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University, St. Louis, Mo., 9/74 to 5/82; 1982, Biological Anthropology, specialty in behavioral ecology; 1975, Biological Anthropology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 9/70 to 12/73; 1973, Spanish Language and Literature, University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, 9/71 to 6/72; year-abroad study program. Previous political experience: Elected Alamogordo city commissioner, 2000-03 Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, University of Nebraska; Master of Public Administration Degree, Ashford University Previous political experience: None. Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “Education, economic development and protection of our Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “Inadequate funding for public education and poor school performance; threats to clean air, land, and water, e.g. fracking and other extractive industries; insufficient capital outlay money for seriously needed infrastructure improvements, i.e. roads, bridges, drainage projects, senior centers, libraries, recreation centers, etc.” 2. Would you support water resources are common priorities in District 50. We have high dropout rates, low literacy levels and limited vocational education opportunities. Job opportunities and communications infrastructure are inadequate at local levels and poverty rates are high. Water is a major market commodity and resources are threatened by increased demand for exportation.” 2. Would you support funding for an interchange and river bridge in Los Lunas now that the Los Lunas Corridor Study has been completed and approved? “Yes. 2010 census data supports the fact that this is one of funding for an interchange and river bridge in Los Lunas now that the Los Lunas Corridor Study has been completed and approved? “Yes, this bridge and interchange are sorely needed. However, the location and siting of the bridge is controversial and will require a lot of stakeholder input before the final location is determined.” 3. What is the best way to foster bipartisanship in the legislature to end the gridlock and pass needed legislation? “Compromise is the cornerstone of any successful legislative process. Compromise requires a willingness to listen the fastest growing corridors in the state, and the corridor study is comprehensive and clearly supports the need for this infrastructure improvement to meet current and future demand as the area continues to develop.” 3. What is the best way to develop bipartisanship in the legislature to end the gridlock and pass needed legislation? “I believe that this can best be developed through campaign reform to reduce the influence of lobbyists and special interest groups on the legislative process. Additionally, I am a proponent of term limits for elected officials. We are elected to serve the people and to do that we need to listen more, talk to differing viewpoints, a willingness to adjust one’s own viewpoint, and having sincere respect for all members of the legislature. “Some of these core American values have been lacking recently in the New Mexico Legislature.” 4. With capitol outlay funding at an all time low, which Valencia County projects are you willing to go to bat for if elected. Give three examples? “Los Lunas/I-25/Valencia County interchange; Valencia County information technology upgrades; and Belen Consolidated Schools agriculless and be open to compromise that is ultimately in the best interest of the people.” 4. With capital outlay funding at an all-time low, which Valencia County projects are you willing to go to bat for if elected. Give three examples. “In meeting with and talking to Valencia residents, the infrastructure needs that I have heard expressed most frequently are: an expansion and upgrade of the senior center, construction of a youth center and road improvements including the Los Lunas interchange and river bridge.” 5. What part of the budtural farm — Willie Chavez Park.” 5. What part of the budget would you trim in order to increase funding for areas you perceive to have the most need; and what are those areas of need? “Budget lines to trim would be: corporate tax loopholes, particularly the out-of-state big box store exemption for income taxes. The tax subsidies we pay to oil and gas industries. Areas of greatest need: Public education funding; infrastructure development, particularly in small cities and rural areas, economic development and better roads.” get would you trim in order to increase funding for areas you perceive to have the most need; and what are those areas of need? “I would propose legislation to eliminate the Behavioral Health Purchasing Collaborative Single Payer System. The state has wasted millions of dollars on this poorly conceived plan that fails to hold out-of-state contractors accountable, compromises our local behavioral health providers and makes it difficult for individuals and families to access services for which they are eligible. We need more community-based providers to meet the demand for services.”

Name: Stephen Easley Age: 59 Occupation: Owner of IT Services company, Easley and Associates LLC, in Santa Fe Education: Washington

Name: Patricia Lincoln Age: 65 Occupation: President, DFL ASSOCIATES INC; Resource Development, Management and Technical Support Services

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Previous political experience: “None.” Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” (Same questions as above) 1.“To listen to constituency regarding concerns and issues and work collaboratively in regards to developing solutions for economic development, roads/infrastructure needs and improving education.” 2.“Yes.” 3. “By listening as well as speaking, by reaching out to discuss and debate issues instead of digging in heals and shutting down. “Finding common ground regarding issues as a starting point for discussion, instead of admonishing uncommon ground and expecting true dialogue.” 4. “Valencia County is dealing with infrastructure and service needs that come with population growth as a result of economic development. “An example is east/west traffic congestion in Los Lunas and another is dealing with adequate refuse transfer stations to get a hold of random dumping.” 5. “Never serving on the Legislature before, at this point, I would be guessing which parts of the budget I would trim to increase funding for areas of the most need. I would need to study the
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istrator, district superintendent Education: BS; MA; Ph.D. in education Previous political experience: None Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” Name: Charles Larry Miller Age: 67 Occupation: Retired educator, classroom teacher, Moriarty High School, counselor/admin1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “Jobs — government that allows private business to flourish and expand, lower taxes and fewer crippling restrictions on developing businesses. Education — refocusing on the primary purpose of our education system, to give New Mexico’s children a firm foundation ... Reducing the budget and lowering taxes would allow New Mexicans to flourish as we build opportunities for everyone to have the chance to work.” 2. Would you support funding for an interchange and river bridge in Los Lunas now that the Los Lunas Corridor Study has been completed and approved? “In general, I support road building projects. Initially, they provide jobs for the construction industry. The long term benefits result in workers being able to gain easier access to areas where they can find employment.” 3. What is the best way to foster bipartisanship in the legislature to end the gridlock and pass needed legislation? “It is important to elect legislators that are honest, accountable and have integrity — legislators that treat others with respect while holding their ground on vital issues. In my experience, it is possible to disagree without being disrespectful; respectful behavior is essential for our state and country.” 4. With capital outlay funding at an all-time low, which Valencia County projects are you willing to go to bat for if elected. Give three examples? “I cannot comment at this time. Capital funding decisions should only be made when the legislator has had access to the funding plan. Once I have had an opportunity to read the Valencia budget, I will seek input from those of you who live in the area.” 5. What part of the budget would you trim in order to increase funding for areas you perceive to have the most need; and what are those areas of need? “Before tackling the budget, there must be standards set in place with which to judge each item currently in the budget and those being considered. Standards need to be applied and thoughtful consideration given to long-term benefit. The project must be worthy of the resources required compared to the commitment of money.”

New Mexico State House District 69 Democratic candidate W. Ken Martinez chose not to answer the News-Bulletin’s questionnaire.

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Environmental Law, 1995; University of New Mexico College of Education, M.A. in Curriculum Instruction in Multi-Cultural Education, 1989; St. John’s College, M.A., Liberal Education, Classics of Western Civilization, 1982; University of Southern California, School of Business Administration, B.S, Business Administration; Finance, 1978 Previous political experience: Four terms as District Attorney Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “Crimes by and against children. Change children’s behavior to keep them out of the system as adults. Adults committing crimes against children should be prosecuted vociferously. “Crimes against elderly, mentally and physically challenged. Use the power of the state to help those who can’t help themselves. Violent crime. Punish those who hurt/kill our fellow citizens.” 2. What can the district attorney’s office do to help retain qualified assistant district attorneys? “We must increase the salaries of our assistants. I have fought hard over the past 12 years to increase the salaries of statewide assistants. Although successful, we are still the lowest paid attorneys in state government. My work is not done. I shall continue to fight for higher salaries.” 3. How can the district attorney’s office help expedite cases through the judicial system so that they do not linger? “We have fought hard against extensions of time by defendants. We have tried and will continue to persuade judges not to grant extensions. We’ve gotten victims involved so they will help us within this process. We use diversion programs for non-violent offenders.” 4. How can the district attorney’s office work better with law enforcement to investigate and prosecute crimes in Valencia County? “We have on-call attorneys 24 hours, seven days a week to answer officer questions. We train our law enforcement continually throughout the year, which includes periodic law enforcement summits with chiefs to solve any issues. Our investigators stay close to all law enforcement to tighten cases for prosecution.” 5. The drug problem in Valencia County is rampant, and contributes to criminal activity. What, as district attorney, would you do to address the underlying problems of drug use, addiction and distribution? “We are members of the Middle Rio Grande Valley Drug Task Force and the Valencia Drug Task Force. We hold the annual Drug and Gang Conference in Belen. We support treatment for addicts and demand jail for traffickers and users who commit crimes to support their habits.”

Name: Lemuel L. Martinez Age: 55 Occupation: 13th Judicial District Attorney Education: University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D. Administrative and

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Education: BS - United States Naval Academy, JD UNM School of Law Previous political experience: “None.” Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” Name: Kenneth E. Fladager Age: 55 Occupation: Senior trial attorney, Second Judicial District Attorney 1. What are the top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “Improve the atmosphere and working conditions for employees of the office, provide the training and mentorship to create dedicated attorneys and staff who look forward to coming to work each day, and to make senior leadership easily accessible whenever and wherever needed. The prosecution of cases is job one.” 2. What can the district attorney’s office do to help retain qualified assistant district attorneys? “Good morale and camaraderie go a long way towards creating an environment where employees want to stay. Good leadership fosters such an environment, and that begins at the top. I will provide that leadership, and I will not tolerate sexual harassment or the creation of a hostile work environment.” 3. How can the district attorney’s office help expedite cases through the judicial system so they do not linger? “Motivated and dedicated assistant district attorneys and support staff will go a long way towards that goal. Again, leadership must come from the top. Expect to see me in the courtroom and in the offices, either handling my own cases or observing the process and looking for ways to improve.” 4. How can the district attorney’s office work better with law enforcement to investigate and prosecute crimes in Valencia County? “Communication is key. I expect to meet with law enforcement leaders on a regular basis to discuss how to better work together and improve the way we do things. Contact information for all employees will be available to law enforcement agencies, as well as 24/7 access to senior supervisors.” 5. The drug Valencia County and contributes activity. What, problem in is rampant, to criminal as district attorney, would you do to address the underlying problems of drug use, addiction and distribution? “Where appropriate, fully utilize drug court resources and other rehabilitation programs. In all other cases, especially those involving the distribution of drugs, we will always seek the maximum punishments available, to include habitual offender enhancements. Other crimes associated with drug use, such as burglary, will be pursued just as vigorously.”

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Previous political experience: None Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. If elected as the new district family court judge, how would you apply the law without letting personal bias interfere with decisions? “A judge must avoid the appearance of impropriety. I will carefully screen the cases, and recuse myself from any case where I have previously represented or opposed a party, or where I have a personal association. In all cases, I will carefully read pleadings and listen to the interested parties.” 2. How can the district court and judges better expedite cases through the judicial system? “The court can consistently enforce the rules of procedure while employing modern technology to manage caseloads. Scheduling orders enforce conformity with the rules governing time and the local rules allow for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) including mediation and settlement facilitation. If elected, I will collaborate with the court administrators to advance court improvement initiatives.” 3. As family court judge, many cases will involve neglect and abuse cases involving children. How do you intend to balance parental rights with protecting children? “By drawing upon my experience as a (crimes against children) prosecutor, as a defense lawyer who helped parents accused of child abuse, and as court-appointed counsel in civil abuse proceedings. I respect the rights of children and parents because I have worked with victims, families, treatment providers, and social workers throughout my career. I am committed to healthy outcomes for children and families.”
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cy care when timing is critical. We must also review and evaluate county services and programs, and prioritize the essential requirements within our budget. In addition, we need to begin the process of removing the county from FEMA flood plains and flood insurance requirements.” 2. Which hospital project, the Belen or Los Lunas project, do you support and do you think the mill levy should or could be used for operation and maintenance of a hospital before the construction is complete? “It is not a question of where, but rather how the statutory requirements are followed in determining site selection and room for growth. Our priority should be to comply with the requirements and
more open and accessible to the people, and shall deliver to the people of Valencia County, during my term, either a new hospital, or my apology, along with a plan for refunding their taxes!” 2. Which hospital project, the Belen or Los Lunas project, do you support, and do you think the mill levy should or could be used for operation and maintenance of a hospital before the construction is complete? “I will not support any project before first holding extensive public information hearings throughout the entire district outlining each plan. These hearings should include educa-

Name: Alicia Aguilar Age: 61 Occupation: Real estate associate broker — Valencia County 33 years Education: Attended University of New Mexico, Santa Barbara Community College, graduated from Belen High School. Completed the New Mexico State continuing

education requirements for real estate. Attended various seminars and conferences relating to county issues; criminal justice, corrections, FEMA, administration and taxation / finance Previous political experience: District 2 County Commissioner 1997-2004. (Chairwoman for four years) Have you ever been arrested? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes? “No.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “We need a hospital. It is imperative that citizens receive local medical and emergenPrevious political experience: Fellowship Program, Obama for America 2012; Legislative intern, U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-Colo.); two-term president, Young Democrats of Valencia County. Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? Didn’t answer question Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “I will champion the First Amendment within the commission chambers, make the business of the commission

understand the objectives of the mill levy. We need to work together and make informed decisions, which in return will facilitate the construction of the hospital.” 3. The current county commission has made the solid waste issue a priority, but has yet to implement a county-wide solution to the problem. What would you, if elected, suggest the county do to address this critical issue? “Unfortunately, this is also another deep-rooted issue. We have a mandatory solid waste ordinance that needs to be updated and strictly enforced. Furthermore, before the county makes itself responsible for the billing of trash pickup, the budget and revenues must be considered. Otherwise, being
tional information on the mill levy, so our citizens may better understand how these funds are invested, and when they can be applied under the law.” 3. The current county commission has made the solid waste issue a priority, but has yet to implement a county-wide solution to the problem. What would you, if elected, suggest the county do to address this critical issue? “I would present the issue before my district, so that if citizens felt equally passionate about it, their counsel on how best to invest the county’s time, effort and their tax dollars on a particular solution would assure that my resultant actions

committed to such costs without having a proper budget would have long-term consequences.” 4. Currently, the county doesn’t actively pursue economic development in a formal manner. What, if anything , do you think the county could implement to attract new business and industry while retaining what is now here? “The comprehensive plan is the foundation for county planning. Medical care, law enforcement, fire departments and education are factors companies look for when relocating. Working with the municipalities, pueblo, chambers of commerce and civic organizations will create partnerships. We must identify areas suited for development, enhance
would justify their wishes in a satisfactory manner.” 4. Currently, the county doesn’t actively pursue economic development in a formal manner. What, if anything, do you think the county could implement to attract new business and industry while retaining what is now here? “Greater focus towards reducing our current 8.3 percent unemployment rate must be a top priority for any candidate wishing to represent the people of Valencia County. “From my first day in office to my last, developing significant, permanent employment solutions shall be a hallmark of

quality of life, and protect the heritage and culture of our communities.” 5. For several years, constituents and commissioners have, at times, had an adversarial relationship, which has led to hostility at commission meeting. What would you do to repair the commission’s relationship with the public? “I believe commissioners have a moral, legal and ethical obligation to serve the people. Commissioners are equal and not above the public, thus should be respectful and aware of the Open Meetings Act. I am open-minded and have the ability to delegate, negotiate, compromise and communicate. This is what is needed to reverse the adverse relationship ...”
my tenure as your county commissioner.” 5. For several years, constituents and commissioners have, at times, had an adversarial relationship, which has led to hostility at commission meetings. What would you do to repair the commission’s relationship with the public? “In the spirit of greater transparency in our government, I wish to have regular business portions of commission meetings captured on video, and archived online for the benefit of those who cannot attend meetings. I also advocate meeting times that are more considerate of my constituents’ schedules than my own.”

Name: Torres G. Leyba Age: 35 Occupation: Professional political advocacy consultant / public servant Education: AAS in General Studies, University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus

Name: Ralph Miramontes Age: 44 Occupation: District attorney’s office, owner of New

Mexico Productions, LLC Education: High school graduate, college courses, seminars and continuing eduction through the DA’s office Previous political experience: None Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to

address if elected, and why? “Roads, many of which are in poor condition and are a safety issue with all the schools in my district. Public safety. We need more police protection, and an expanded EMT program and ambulance service; infrastructure, planning for roads, water, wastewater and solid waste.” 2. Which hospital project, the Belen or Los Lunas project, do you support, and do you think the mill levy should or could be used for operation and maintenance of a hospital before the con-

struction is complete? “This issue has been going on for years and, unfortunately, this issue has brought a lot of disrespect in the county commission meetings. I would like to take a thorough look at the mill levy and contracts to determine what is right for the people throughout the county.” 3. The current county commission has made the solid waste issue a priority, but has yet to implement a county-wide solution to the problem. What would you, if elected, suggest the county do to address this critical

issue? “It is important to move forward and have sewer plants and infrastructure to preserve and protect the water table.” 4. Currently, the county doesn’t actively pursue economic development in a formal manner. What, if anything, do you think the county could implement to attract new business and industry while retaining what is now here? “All the municipalities in Valencia County and Valencia County should create an organization for economic develop-

ment to benefit all of Valencia County.” 5. For several years, constituents and commissioners have, at times, had an adversarial relationship, which has led to hostility at commission meetings. What would you do to repair the commission’s relationship with the public? “It is a matter of basic respect and adult behavior. I will act with common courtesy and will expect that everyone addressing the commission do the same.”

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in Los Lunas for 13 years; currently works under the U.S. Marshal’s office Education: BA in university studies, BA in education, and MA in elementary education Previous political experience: Four-year term as magistrate in Valencia County Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.”
felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “A. A hospital, stop the bureaucracy and get on with a hospital; B. Sheriff’s department, we need to start working on expanding this department ASAP; C. Bike path, I would like to see a program put together to clean up the east side of the Rio Grande. To put in a paved bike path from Bosque Farms to Belen, and this will allow for jobs, and a nature trail for families to enjoy.”

1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “A. Pave more dirt streets, especially east of the river; B. A hospital or an emergency room centrally located; and 3. Allow bidding for solid waste collection county wide.” 2. Which hospital project, the Belen or Los Lunas project, do you support, and do you think the mill levy should or could be used for operation and maintenance of a hospital before the construction is complete? “I support a hospital located close to our center of popu2. Which hospital project, the Belen or Los Lunas project, do you support, and do you think the mill levy should or could be used for operation and maintenance of a hospital before the construction is complete? “I understand either hospital will be privately funded for the build. I would not release any funds until construction is done.” 3. The current county commission has made the solid waste issue a priority, but has yet to implement a county-wide solution to the problem. What would you, if elected, suggest the county do to address this critical issue? “Not knowing at this time anything that has been discussed, I would work on put-

lation. The mill levy should be used only for its intended purpose.” 3. The current county commission has made the solid waste issue a priority, but has yet to implement a county-wide solution to the problem. What would you, if elected, suggest the county do to address this critical issue? “We should allow open bidding for solid waste collection and award a short-term contract, three years for instance, to keep costs under control.” 4. Currently, the county
ting together a county-wide clean-up-your-neighborhood program.” 4. Currently, the county doesn’t actively pursue economic development in a formal manner. What, if anything, do you think the county could implement to attract new business and industry while retaining what is now here? “We already have in our county what we need. All we need to do is encourage and approve small business to grow and prosper within the county. By approving new business owners, shops and retail means more ‘J.O.B.s.’” 5. For several years, constituents and commissioners have, at times, had an adver-

Name: Jimmy H. Baca Age: 67 Occupation: Retired Albuquerque police supervisor, elementary school teacher

doesn’t actively pursue economic development in a formal manner. What, if anything, do you think the county could implement to attract new business and industry while retaining what is now here? “With unemployment as it is, we should be doing everything possible to encourage businesses to move to our county, not only from Albuquerque, but nationwide. This can include short-term tax breaks.” 5. For several years, constituents and commissioners have, at times, had an adversarial relationship, which has led to hostility at commission meetings. What would you do to repair the commission’s relationship with the public? “That’s why I’m running

sarial relationship, which has led to hostility at commission meetings. What would you do to repair the commission’s relationship with the public? “The commission should present a united front and address the needs of our citizens so we can move forward. Too many major projects get stalled (remember the jail fiasco, and now solid waste and the hospital) because of special interest and a divided commission. “As a commissioner, you can’t please everyone, but you can determine what’s best for our county as a whole and move in that direction.”
on being ‘The Voice of the People.’ I will listen to the public of Valencia County and do the work for them. I want to make positive change, stop the bureaucratic bull.”

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Name: Tim Pruitt Age: 59 Occupation: Salesman/ business owner Education: One year of college Previous political experience: None Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a

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back financially. However, I’ve made arrangements with the county treasurer, and I will be all up to date within the next two months.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “Long term planning: I firmly believe the commission needs to come up with a long-term plan when it relates with infrastructure needs of the county for the future. Preservation of our domestic water is a major concern to me. This county has no plan to address storm drainage.” 2. Which hospital project, the Belen or Los Lunas project, do you support, and do you think the mill levy should or could be used for operation where our taxes are spent. Integrity. Agriculture retention; we need to continue to feed ourselves.” 2. Which hospital project, the Belen or Los Lunas project, do you support, and do you think the mill levy should or could be used for operation and maintenance of a hospital before the construction is complete? “I prefer the Belen hospital project because it is farther from Albuquerque hospitals. Research needs to be done, on my part, to completely answer that question, but from information I have, I believe the mill levy could be used for operatand maintenance of a hospital before the construction is complete? “I will support placement of a county hospital in a location where it can be financially sustainable and where taxpayers will eventually not have to fund the operation and where the private operator will make it self-sustaining financially. The mill levy can not be used for construction, it only can be used for the operation of the hospital.” 3. The current county commission has made the solid waste issue a priority, but has yet to implement a county-wide solution to the problem. What would you, if elected, suggest the county do to address this critical issue? “Implement a county-wide ing cost prior to opening.” 3. The current county commission has made the solid waste issue a priority, but has yet to implement a county-wide solution to the problem. What would you, if elected, suggest the county do to address this critical issue? “I believe a mandatory trash pickup ... is inevitable in the future because of illegal dumping. However, I do not agree with allowing only one company to do business here. I would like to see possibly regional or area coverage. Something also needs to be considered for the people who have legal access to commercial dumpsters for their collection system, add more convenience centers in the outlying areas of the county. A single transfer station (Conejo), which the county has on the east side of the county is grossly inadequate to serve the unincorporated areas of the county.” 4. Currently, the county doesn’t actively pursue economic development in a formal manner. What, if anything, do you think the county could implement to attract new business and industry while retaining what is now here? “Hire a county economic coordinator to actively market this county and what we’ve got to offer and work with what business we already have here to see how we can help them enhance their situation. We residential trash.” 4. Currently, the county doesn’t actively pursue economic development in a formal manner. What, if anything, do you think the county could implement to attract new business and industry while retaining what is now here? “First and foremost, the businesses already here need to be supported. With a stronger, local tax base, more people will stay or return here. With more people, you have a larger work force. With that, more businesses move in. Tax breaks for industry should only be considered when there is an immedialso need a partnership with the municipalities, and work together and promote Valencia County as a whole ...” 5. For several years, constituents and commissioners have, at times, had an adversarial relationship, which has led to hostility at commission meetings. What would you do to repair the commission’s relationship with the public? “I’ve always been a people person, and will listen to the good and bad, regardless of the issue. When I served as commissioner, we had never denied anyone from the public to speak, as long as they kept it constructive and non-slanderous. I will advocate open and transparent government.” ate benefit to the entire county.” 5. For several years, constituents and commissioners have, at times, had an adversarial relationship, which has led to hostility at commission meetings. What would you do to repair the commission’s relationship with the public? “Mutual respect is a must. If people are treated with respect, they will in turn treat others the same way. The commissioners work for the public, so therefore need to be informed of their wishes or preferences. Also, the recommendations of planning and zoning should be strongly considered.”

Name: Charles D. Eaton Age: 46 Occupation: County Fire Chief Education: Belen High School graduate 1984, UNMVC Services related courses, N.M. Firefighters Academy Socorro Previous political experi-

ence: Probate Judge Valencia County 88-91, County Commissioner Valencia County 92-96 Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “Yes, I got behind on my property taxes due to some unforeseen circumstances. My wife and I were running a small business in Belen and due to the economy, had to close the doors and that affected our income, and then there were some medical issues that developed within the family that required substantial co-payments from my insurance and that has set us three years college (no degree), graduate of New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Previous political experience: Belen School Board candidate Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “DWI in 1986.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “Yes, personal.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “Transparency in our local government. As taxpayers, we are entitled to see how and

Name: Richard Herrera Age: 52 Occupation: Business owner/Damacio’s Chili Products Education: BHS graduate,

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Name: Alberto C. Carrillo Age: 68 Occupation: Self-employed Education: Graduate of Belen High School; BS in administration of justice Previous political experience: None Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.”
Previous political experience: Pursued a seat on the village council in Bosque Farms in 1997, pursued the District 4 County Commission seat in 2008 and 2012 Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “N/A” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “1. Aggressive economic development. In the last eight years, there have been more A.S. Fire Science University of Alaska Anchorage, B.S. Fire Management University of Maryland University College (Dec. 2012), Emergency Manager Certified Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), IFSAC Firefighter I, New Mexico Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Previous political experience: None Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or felony: N/A Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy: N/A Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County: N/A 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to

Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “Crime, accountability in Valencia County funds, welfare of county employees.” 2. Which hospital project, the Belen or Los Lunas project, do you support, and
jobs lost due to the economic collapse within our county; 2. Gross mismanagement of public funds. It takes taxes to fund the budget and it takes a balanced budget to show a proper disbursement of approved funds; and 3. Arbitrary request for increased funding by outside agencies.” 2. Which hospital project, the Belen or Los Lunas project, do you support, and do you think the mill levy should or could be used for operation and maintenance of a hospital before the construction is complete? “I don’t support either hospital project as they are being presented to the voters. Therefore, address if elected, and why? “I would like to address public safety to include police and fire. It is imperative we have quicker response times and the appropriate amount of personnel on duty. Secondly, I would work on gaining the trust back from the public. Lastly, I would work on bringing more jobs to this area. I would like to see more high paying jobs here in Valencia County.” 2. Which hospital project, the Belen or Los Lunas project, do you support, and do you think the mill levy should or could be used for operation and maintenance of a hospital before the construction is complete? “I can’t say I support a specific project, although I support the fact that constituents

do you think the mill levy should or could be used for operation and maintenance of a hospital before the construction is complete? “Need more information to answer question.” 3. The current county commission has made the solid waste issue a priority, but has yet to implement a county-wide solution to the problem. What would you,
I don’t feel that the frivolous use of a mill levy to further finance a badly conceived idea is in the best interest for the entire county.” 3. The current county commission has made the solid waste issue a priority, but has yet to implement a county-wide solution to the problem. What would you, if elected, suggest the county do to address this critical issue? “The current county commission has made a lot of things a priority, it looks good on paper, but until the taxpayers can see visual proof that an actual priority list does exist, then its just an idea that made its way to the news media. have voted to have a hospital. I would make it one of my priorities to ensure a hospital is constructed that best benefits everyone. As far as the mill levy ... it is bonds and private funding that would be used in order to construct the hospital.” 3. The current county commission has made the solid waste issue a priority, but has yet to implement a county-wide solution to the problem. What would you, if elected, suggest the county do to address this critical issue? “Many constituents say that there are not enough transfer stations in order to support our solid waste usage. If elected, I would push for more transfer stations. I would also seek out grants from the N.M. Environment Department to

if elected, suggest the county do to address this critical issue? “Need more information to answer question.” 4. Currently, the county doesn’t actively pursue economic development in a formal manner. What, if anything, do you think the county could implement to attract new business and industry while retaining what is now
Proving once again that the citizens have every reason not to trust their elected leadership.” 4. Currently, the county doesn’t actively pursue economic development in a formal manner. What, if anything, do you think the county could implement to attract new business and industry while retaining what is now here? “Take a sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle. On one side, list all the new businesses ... within the last 10 years. On the other side, list of all the businesses that have closed. The result is pathetic. If there is no taxes generated, the property owners are left to aid in our waste problems. I would also work with private entities to make it more convenient to recycle and dispose of our solid waste.” 4. Currently, the county doesn’t actively pursue economic development in a formal manner. What, if anything, do you think the county could implement to attract new business and industry while retaining what is now here? “I would work on promoting our current resources and possibly branding our community. We have many things to offer current and future businesses. We are close to major interstates, we have BNSF and a college where we can promote continuing education. Another great asset is promoting our

here? “Accountability.” 5. For several years, constituents and commissioners have, at times, had an adversarial relationship, which has led to hostility at commission meetings. What would you do to repair the commission’s relationship with the public? “Allow all constituents to ask any questions.”
carry the load.” 5. For several years, constituents and commissioners have, at times, had an adversarial relationship, which has led to hostility at commission meetings. What would you do to repair the commission’s relationship with the public? “Each commissioner is now responsible for about 15,000 citizens within their district. The commissioners needs to make themselves accessible for citizen. Each commissioner should hold an open house to allow the citizens to speak openly and freely. I believe that all past hostilities are the direct result of citizens feeling that their opinions don’t matter.” low cost of living and low cost of doing business.” 5. For several years, constituents and commissioners have, at times, had an adversarial relationship, which has led to hostility at commission meetings. What would you do to repair the commission’s relationship with the public? “Communication! Arguing never solves anything, but if we work together, we can come to a solution that will best serve everyone. We are elected to serve the public, and the public should have a voice in what we do as long as we are within our legal boundaries and it serves the best interest of the majority.”

Name: Jerry Gage Age: 50 Occupation: Executive manager Education: Continuing education with a focus on business management

Name: Toby Michael Jaramillo Age: 33 Occupation: Service advisor for Tillery Buick GMC Education: Socorro High School, United States Air Force Basic Training, School of Allied Health (Pharmacy Tech), Airman Leadership School,

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delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “Not yet.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “There are so many horizontal priorities in Valencia County and many will take longer than four years to address. Three that are important to me and I feel I can make an impact on are: illegal dumping, infrastructure and responsible accountability to the citizens of Valencia County.” 2. Which hospital project, the Belen or Los Lunas project, do you support, and do you think the mill levy should or could be used for operation and maintenance of a hospital before the construction is complete? “I support either/or. According to the law, the mill levy money cannot be used before construction is complete.” 3. The current county commission has made the solid waste issue a priority, but has yet to implement a county-wide solution to the problem. What would you, if elected, suggest the county do to address this critical issue? “I would suggest implementing mandatory curb side collection.” 4. Currently, the county doesn’t actively pursue economic development in a formal manner. What, if anything, do you think the county could implement to attract new business and industry while retaining what is now here? “Before Valencia County can pursue economic development, we first need to address the infrastructure; roads, bridge(s), sewer and water.” 5. For several years, constituents and commissioners have, at times, had an adversarial relationship, which has led to hostility at commission meetings. What would you do to repair the commission’s relationship with the public? “I will continue to work in a professional manner for the people of Valencia County.”

Name: Donald Holliday Age: 53 Occupation: Self employed;

Holliday Fence Company Education: Academic diploma; Los Lunas High School Class of 1976 Previous political experience: Elected County Commissioner 2008. Currently serving fourth year; two years as commission chairman and one as commission vice-chairman. Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe

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to 10th grade, then served in the military. I went to NCO academy and then served the rest of my military service as a trainer for new recruits. Those recruits were then sent to Korea. The rest of my education was self-taught as a heavy equipment operator. Previous political experience: None Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “Lower taxes, law enforcement and better roads.” 2. Which hospital project, the Belen or Los Lunas project, do you support, and do you think the mill levy should or could be used for operation and maintenance of a hospital before the construction is complete? “I do not support the Belen or Los Lunas project. But I do support the visibility study that cost $600,000. With that being said, where has this money gone?” 3. The current county commission has made the solid waste issue a priority, but has yet to implement a county-wide solution to the problem. What would you, if elected, suggest the county do to address this critical issue? “If elected, I will look more into the solid waste issue to collect all and any information I need to make a decision that fits the environment and the public in Valencia County.” 4. Currently, the county doesn’t actively pursue economic development in a formal manner. What, if anything, do you think the county could implement to attract new business and industry while retaining what is now here? “If elected, I will make strong efforts to expand the new business and industry while keeping it low cost, and develop a tax solution to encourage the new businesses to expand here.” 5. For several years, constituents and commissioners have, at times, had an adversarial relationship, which has led to hostility at commission meetings. What would you do to repair the commission’s relationship with the public? “If elected, I will allow the public to have an opinion of the issues at hand. I will then discuss those opinions with my peers and come to a decision that fits all the needs of the commission, as well as the public.”

Name: Benito S. Serna Age: 78 Occupation: Retired Education: High school up

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Occupation: Bookkeeper at the Valencia County treasurer’s office Education: Graduated from Los Lunas High School Previous political experience: Ran unsuccessfully for the MRGCD Board of Directors in 1994 Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Education: Belen High School graduate, University of New Mexico business major, county college, earned several credit hours in government management and budgeting while employed as the director of elections with Valencia County. Previous political experience: None Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “A. First and foremost, my goal is to create a strong foundation with my staff. I want to meet with each one to find out what their responsibilities are. B. I want to utilize the BOE website to provide more information to the public, such as election information, i.e., names of candidates, their positions and districts they represent; dates of when registration Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “1. Voter education needs to begin at an early age, before middle school. I plan to work with educators to help teach our children how the democratic process works; 2. Equality and fairness for all has always been my philosophy. I lead by example; this is how I will manage my administration; and 3. Identity theft is a huge problem across the country. I will work to make voter IDs mandatory.” ends; dates, times and where early voting is available and provide updates on a regular basis. C. I will address the voting convenience centers. I will meet with the secretary of state to acquire more information on these centers. The next election is in two years, and we need to begin preparing.” 2. Do you think the county should implement voting convenience centers; and if so, how do you plan to train poll workers and implement the necessary technology? 2. Do you think the county should implement voting convenience centers; and if so, how do you plan to train poll workers and implement the necessary technology? “Yes, if done properly. Voting convenience centers are a great asset to any county. The key here is fast, reliable Internet connections and plenty of computers and printers to provide voter lookup and processing at each center. These convenience centers will also require a new generation of poll workers to help the poll workers we have now.”

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“I will look into it. I would publicly post a notice of application for poll workers, which will include the use of computers. You will have people who are willing to train and work with computers. I am certain that we would have some of the same people, as well as new and enthusiastic people who are willing to work as a poll workers for all elections.” 3. What can the county clerk’s office do to investigate voter fraud? “I believe that Valencia 3. What can the county clerk’s office do to investigate voter fraud? “The clerk is responsible for the security and integrity of the automated voter registration system. Right now, as the laws are written, it is not the county clerk’s responsibility to investigate voter fraud. It is the clerk’s duty however, to report suspected voter fraud to authorities and provide them with the necessary documentation for an investigation.” 4. The county clerk’s office keeps most of its record in hard copy only; would you County does not have a problem with voter fraud, but if there is, I will rely on the keen eye of my staff and poll workers to spot any improprieties and report them.” 4. The county clerk’s office keeps most of its record in hard copy only; would you try to implement a computerbased records keeping system for these records? “I believe that most records are now being computerized or microfilmed. I will continue to do so as it is being done.” try to implement a computerbased records keeping system for these records? “A good portion of the records in the clerks office are on computer and have been since the late 1980s. However, there are mountains of aged books that contain records dating back to the late 1800s. With enough money and time, those old books can be digitized. The technology exists to do this, but it is seriously expensive and time consuming to convert. I will make every effort to seek funding for this project.”

Name: Lucy D. Gonzales Age: 62

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Name: Peggy Carabajal Age: 55 Occupation: Valencia County Bureau of Elections Director for Sally Perea, County Clerk Education: Reserve High School Graduate, Reserve, New Mexico Previous political experience: Catron County Assessor

Valencia County Clerk Democratic candidate Debi BarrerasWright chose not to answer the NewsBulletin’s questionnaire.

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ence: Current county treasurer, elected in 2008. Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “To continue prompt and accurate processing of property tax payments, especially in pursuing the aggressive collection of delinquent taxes. Maintain the rapid and safe investment of property tax dollars, maximizing the rate of return on county investments. To ensure the treasurer and staff are accessible, courteous, efficient and professional in providing service to the public.” 2. What are the main challenges facing the treasurer’s office and how would you deal with them? “The county has utilized the same software company for 20 years. At this time the county offices are in the process of converting to a new software company. As with anything new we will be facing various obstacles, yet we are eager to move forward in a positive direction.” 3. How would you improve the collection of delinquent property taxes in the county? “I will intensify the positive and ongoing relationship we have with the state of New Mexico Property Tax Division to continue the collection of delinquent taxes. The collection of delinquent taxes has increased due to the implementation of on-line payments, which has been a convenience for the taxpayers in the county, out-of-state, and abroad.”

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Name: Henry J. Wirth Age: 68 Occupation: Retired optometrist Education: OD from New England College of Optometry and MBA from the University of Phoenix. Previous political experience: Chairman, secretary, treasurer of the Republican Party of Valencia County. Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a

Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” 1. What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “First, change the ‘tone from the top.’ Stressing the importance of generally accepted accounting principles and appropriate internal control systems to better safeguard and manage county
felony? “No.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? “No.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “No.” What are your top three priorities you’d like to address if elected, and why? “As your treasurer, my top three priorities will be to correct the three major deficien-

assets. Then, establish cooperative relationships with other county offices/departments to accomplish mutual goals. Improve cash inflows, both collections and investments.” 2. What are the main challenges facing the treasurer’s office, and how would you deal with them? “The priorities above were based on the main challenges.
cies first identified in the 2007 financial report and remain uncorrected four years later. They are: the county does not have a report detailing property tax outstanding and still receivable for the past 10 years by agency; the “tax maintenance report” in the treasurer’s report is not correct, therefore, uncollected property taxes are not accurately reported and there was an amount of $655,755 of additional cash not

Circumstances change, but with determination, a willingness to work hard, and an openness to new ideas, most challenges can be overcome or resolved. The office staff I have interacted with appear quite capable of meeting any challenges we face.” 3. How would you improve the collection of delinquent property taxes in the county?
recorded on the county’s books ... auditors are unable to verify cash balances by fund to determine if they are correct.” What are the main challenges facing the treasurer’s office and how would you deal with them? “The main challenge is addressing the property tax roll deficiency. This can be done with the cooperation of the county clerk, assessor,

“Accumulate and compile adequate supporting documentation to collect delinquent property taxes. Identify problems arising from inadequate information, and develop plans with clerk’s and assessor’s office to find information. Review current policies and procedures to insure they support the speedy collection of delinquent taxes.”
some common sense and the powers granted the treasurer by the state of New Mexico. As your treasurer, creating an accurate up-to-date property tax roll will be my first priority.” How would you improve the collection of delinquent property taxes in the county? “Insure the property tax roll is accurate and up to date.”

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Raymond Gabaldon Elementary School, 454 Coronado St. NE, Los Lunas Los Lunas Schools Administration Building, 119 Luna Ave. Los Lunas Los Lunas Elementary School, 800 Coronado St., Los Lunas

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Daniel Fernandez Elementary School, 28 Sun Valley Road, Los Lunas

Precincts 10 and 36

Our Lady of Belen Parish Hall, 101-A N. 10th St., Belen First Baptist Church of Belen (south annex), 115 S. Fourth St., Belen Meadow Lake Community Center, 100 Cuerro Lane, Meadow Lake

Precincts 25 and 27

Precinct 2

Precinct 3

Katherine Gallegos Elementary School, 236 Don Pasqual, Los Lunas Old Isleta Headstart, 191 Tribal Road 2, Isleta Pueblo Valencia Elementary School, 111 Monica Road, Los Lunas

Precincts 12, 17 and 39

Precinct 26

Precinct 13

Precinct 28

Bosque Farms Arena, 1040 Arena Road, Bosque Farms

Precincts 4, 9, 11 and 18

Precinct 15

Peralta Elementary School, 3645 N.M. 47, Peralta

Precincts 5 and 14

Ann Parish Elementary School, 112 Meadow Lake Road

Precincts 6 and 22

El Cerro Mission Community Center, 307 El Cerro Mission Road, El Cerro Mission Romero Country Store, 814-C N.M. 116, Bosque Central Elementary School, 600 Picard Ave., Belen Jaramillo Elementary School, 900 Esperanza Dr., Belen

Precincts 16 and 24

First Presbyterian Church, 85 Manzano Expressway, Rio Communities Don Jose y Dolores Cordova Cultural Center, 426 Jarales Road, Jarales Adelino Headstart, 2747 N.M. 47, Adelino Casa Colorada School Community Center, 1725 N.M. 304, Casa Colorada Rio Grande Elementary School, 15 Eastside School Road, Los Trujillos

Precincts 29, 30, 34 and 38

Precinct 31

Precinct 20

Precinct 32

Dennis Chavez Elementary School, 19670 N.M. 314 Thomé Dominguez de Mendoza Community Center, 2933 N.M. 47, Tomé

Precincts 7, 19 and 37 Precinct 8

Precinct 21

Precinct 33

Precinct 23

Precinct 35

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