11 Candidates Face Off In City Elections

City Clerk Anna Squires aids City Councilor Peggy Sue Martinez in filing her paperwork to run for reelection. Valley Daily Post image

11 Candidates Face Off In City Elections

Staff Report

Today was the filing deadline for any person wishing to run for office in the City of Española. Four City Council seats and the Municipal Judge position are up for election in March.

City Clerk Anna Squires will formally confirm the list of candidates on Wednesday, Jan. 6 but as of 5 P.M. Tuesday there are 11 individuals seeking five elected offices this year.

City Councilor Tania Sanchez announced last week (reported HERE) that she would not run for her seat in District 3, due to the fact that her family was moving to a new home outside the district. But other than Sanchez, all other incumbents announced that they would seek reelection.

In District 1, Incumbent Councilor Dennis Tim Salazar will face off against former city councilor JR Trujillo and Joe T. Duran.

District 2 will see incumbent Peggy Sue Martinez running against Richard R. Martinez, the EVHS basketball coach.

As mentioned earlier District 3 has no incumbent running so the empty seat drew three candidates. Christine V. Salazar, Kenneth T. Borrego and Manuel J. Martinez will face off for the chance to serve on the Council.

District 4 will see incumbent Councilor Cory Lewis facing former Councilor Robert Seeds.

The City Municipal Judge position is also up for election this year. Incumbent Judge Stephen Salazar was the only candidate to file for this four-year position.

A Valley Daily Post photographer was at City Hall when Councilor Peggy Sue Martinez and her family arrived to file her paperwork to run for another term. Councilor Martinez stated that her top priority going forward is to complete the audits and bring the city current. “We can’t ask for grants, we can’t get help from outside until that is done,” said Martinez. She also added her desire to see a community garden developed at the Prince Carter Ranch property.

City Councilor Peggy Sue Martinez (center) was accompanied by her husband Bond Martinez (left) and daughter Miriah Martinez (right) as she filed to run for reelection. Valley Daily Post photo

“My heart is with the community and I really believe Española is one of the best places to live in the world. I realize we have problems, but a person who wants to be part of the solution, to solve the drug crisis, to help our economy grow, should be willing to step forward,” said Martinez.

Councilor Dennis Tim Salazar also sent a statement to the Daily Post after earlier stating that he was not running.  “I considered not filing for reelection but I feel that we as a Governing Body have been gaining good momentum within the last 2 years and are working well together” said Salazar. He added, “if I would leave I would be afraid the city may stall or go backwards, I love our city too much.   My main goal is to focus on extra police protection for our people and visitors, also our future which is our youth is my priority as well as the jewels of our community, which is our seniors, also good relations with our neighboring Pueblos and counties is crucial.”

Councilor Cory Lewis after filing to run for reelection. Valley Daily Post image

Over the next two months the Valley Daily Post will attempt to speak with each candidate, giving them an opportunity to share their vision for the city and wht they bring to the election.