State & County Elections Begin: Candidates File

Legislative candidates Barney Trujillo (left) and Nick Salazar (right) file for election at the Secretary of State's office in Santa Fe on Tuesday morning. Valley Daily Post images

State & County Elections Begin: Candidates File

Staff Report

Tuesday was filing day for State and county elections. This year all state legislature seats are up for election along with County Clerk and County Treasurer. In addition, one of the three Rio Arriba County Commission seats is also up for election.


In what could be the election to watch locally, Representative Nick Salazar is running for what would be his 23rd term. But Rep. Salazar is being challenged by Rio Arriba County Commissioner Barney Trujillo in the Democratic Primary. Observers are expecting this to be a very active race between these two established leaders. In an unusual turn of events for this Democratic leaning district, the winner of this race may face Republican Jerald Steve McFall in the November election. McFall, of Angel Fire filed to run in the District 40 House race but he also apparently filed to run against Congressman Ben Ray Lujan. It is unclear what seat McFall will run for in the end.

Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard has parts of four counties in the district she represents, including the eastern Rio Arriba areas of Gallina and Lindrith. Garcia Richard has no opposition in the Democratic primary, but she will face a Republican challenger in November from Sharon Stover of Los Alamos.

Rio Arriba County

Rio Arriba County Commissioner Danny Garcia of Canjilon filed to run for reelection but faces challenger Patricio Garcia of Hernandez. Patricio Garcia is no stranger to county government as he served for several years and the director of the Rio Arriba Planning and Zoning department.

In the County Clerk’s race, Linda Padilla, the current Chief Deputy Clerk is seeking to replace Moises Morales who is completed his second term and cannot run again. Padilla is facing Angela Gallegos of La Mesilla in the Democratic primary.

Incumbent Treasurer Jose (Agapito) Candelaria of Los Ojos is facing Livia Olguin in the Democratic primary this June.

Santa Fe County

In Santa Fe County there is one contested race that Valley residents may vote in. Incumbent County Clerk Geraldine Salazar will face Leticia Montoya in the Democratic primary. The County Treasurer, Pat Varela did not receive a challenger this year.

See below for a full list of all candidates from the area and for photos from filing day.

Legislature Races

State Representative, District 40

  • Nick L.Salazar of Ohkay Owingeh – Dem (incumbent)
  • Barney R. Trujillo of Chimayo – Dem
  • Jerald Steve McFall of Angel Fire – Rep

State Representative, District 41

  • Debbie A. Rodella of Espanola – Dem (incumbent)

State Representative, District 43

  • Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos – Dem (incumbent)
  • Sharon Stover of Los Alamos – Rep

State Representative, District 46

  • Carl Trujillo of Nambe – Dem (incumbent)

State Senator, District 5

  • Richard C. Martinez of Ojo Caliente – Dem (incumbent)

State Senator, District 6

  • Carlos R. Cisneros of Questa – Dem (incumbent)

Rio Arriba County Elections

County Commissioner, District 3

  • Danny Garcia of Canjilon (incumbent)
  • A. Patricio Garcia of Hernandez

County Clerk

  • Linda J. Padilla of Espanola (currently serving as the Chief Deputy Clerk)
  • Angela M. Gallegos of La Mesilla

County Treasurer

  • Jose (Agapito) Candelaria of Los Ojos (incumbent)
  • Livia Olguin of Canjilon

Santa Fe County Elections

County Clerk

  • Geraldine Salazar – Dem (incumbent)
  • Leticia Montoya – Dem

County Treasurer

  • Patrick (Pat) Varela