Learn About The Upcoming Elections- With Jill Smith

Hello Students, Faculty and Staff,

My name is Jill Smith and I am your Governmental Affairs Director. Part of my duties as your representative in the Associated Students of Western New Mexico University is to bring awareness to students about information that we deem important. Voting is an issue we in ASWNMU believe to be important. By voting in elections, you can get your voice heard in politics. Make sure on or before November 6th that you get out there to vote.

The general elections are among us. Voting is open in Early Polling Locations now until November 3rd. The general election will be held on November 6th from 7 A.M to 7 P.M. There are various voting locations where you can vote on election day. Visit  http://www.grantcountynm.com/grant_county_nm_info.php?CID=6jgfc

If you are registered to vote in the state of New Mexico in Grant County, early voting is located at the County Clerk’s Office located at 1400 Highway 180 in Silver City, New Mexico 88061. Early voting will be Monday thru Friday 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and on Saturday, November 3rd from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. In Bayard, at the Bayard Community Center is located at 290 Hurley Ave Bayard, New Mexico. October 20, October 23 thru October 27, October 30 thru November 3.

Source:  http://www.grantcountynm.com/grant_county_nm_info.php?CID=6jgfc

For Luna County,

Now through November 3rd early voting is open in Luna County Court office. The hours open to voting is Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Luna County Court will be on Saturday November 3rd from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Alternative voting location on October 20th at Mimbres Valley Learning Center 2300 e. Pine Street hours to vote are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Tuesday, November 6 polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following locations: Mimbres Valley Learning Center, Holy Family Parish (615 S. Cooper Street), Columbus Library (112 w. Broadway, Columbus, NM.)

Source: https://www.demingheadlight.com/story/news/2018/09/26/luna-county-clerk-provides-details-2018-general-election-new-mexico/1415690002/

Below is the information that will be located on each ballot.

All of New Mexico:

New Mexico Constitutional Amendment 1: Judicial Appeal Process Provided by Law

Voting yes: The voter would agree to the amendment to empower the legislature to pass laws which would allow appeals to be processed in probate courts and other inferrior courts to higher courts and to also appellate jurisdiction of inferior and tribunal courts would be appealed in district courts.

Voting no: The Current process would remain.


New Mexico Constitutional Amendment 2: Independent Ethics Commission

Voting yes: Would create a seven-member state ethics commission that would investigate alleged violations by state, elected, and legislative officials, candidates, lobbyist, and others.

Voting no: No committee would be created to investigate ethic violations.


New Mexico Higher Bond Question D; Education, Special Schools, and Tribal Schools

Voting yes: Supports the authorizing the sale and issuance of $136,230 million in bonds for institutions of higher education (WNMU to finish Harlan Hall), special schools, and tribal schools.

Voting no: No bonds would be issued.


New Mexico Bond C School Buses:

Voting yes: Would issues bonds that would allow the purchases of school buses and equip the buses with air conditioning.

Voting no: There would be no bond issue.


New Mexico Bond A: Senior Citizen Facilities

Voting yes: Would address code compliance issues and purchasing of new equipment and vehicles to better serve seniors.

Voting no: No bond would be issued.


U.S. Senate New Mexico:

(D) Martin Heinrich

(R) Mick Rich

(L) Gary Johnson


U.S. House New Mexico District 2

(D) Xochitl Torres Small

(R) Yvette Herrell


Governor of New Mexico and Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico.

(D) Michelle Lujan Grisham and Howie Morales

(R) Steve Pearce and Michelle Garcia Holmes


New Mexico Secretary of State

(D) Maggie Toulouse Oliver

(R) Gavin Clarkson

(L) Ginger Grider


New Mexico Attorney General

(D) Hector Balderas

(R) Michael Hendricks

(L) A. Blair Dunn


New Mexico Treasurer

(D) Tim Eichenberg

(R) Arthur Castillo


New Mexico State Auditor

(D) Brian S. Colon

(R) Wayne Johnson


New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner District 5

(D) Stephen Fischmann

(R) Ben L. Hall


New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner District 4

(D) Theresa Becenti-Aguilar (Unopposed)


New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner District 2

(D) Kevin Sanders

(R) Jefferson Byrd


New Mexico Public Education Commission District 7

(D) Patricia Gipson (Unopposed)


New Mexico Public Education Commission District 6

(R) Michael Chavez (Unopposed)


New Mexico Public Education Commission District 5

(D) Georgina Davis (Unopposed)


New Mexico Public Education Commission District 3

(D) Glenna Voigt (Unopposed)


New Mexico Public Education Commission District 2

(R) David Robbins (Unopposed)


New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands

(D) Stephanie Garica Richard

(R) Patrick H. Lyons

(L) Michael Lucero


New Mexico Supreme Court (Cingman’s Seat)

(D) Michael E. Vigil

(R) Gary L. Clingman


New Mexico Court of Appeals

Position 1:

(D) Kristina Bogardus

(R) Stephen French

Position 2:

(D) Jacqueline Medina

(R) Henry Bohnhoff

Position 3:

(D) Briana H. Zamora

(R) Emil Kiehne

Position 4:

(D) Megan Duffy

(R) Daniel Gallegos

Position 5:

(D) Jennifer Attrep (Unopposed)




Grant County:

County Commissioner District 1:

(D) Chris M Ponce

(R) Shelia A Hudman


County Commissioner District 2

(D) Javier C Salas

(R) Tyson R Bays


County Assessor:

(D) Raul S. Turrieta JR. (Unopposed)


County Sheriff:

(D) Frank L Gomez

(R) Raymond M Tavizon JR.


Probate Judge:

(D) Mary Ann C Sedillo (Unopposed)


New Mexico House of Representatives District 38

(D) Karen Whitlock

(R) Rebecca Dow




Luna County:


County Commissioner District 1

(R) Barbara Reedy

(I) Raymond J Krejci


County Commissioner District 2

(D) John Jay Spivey

(R) Linda M Smrkovsky


County Assessor

(D) Michelle Martinez-Holguin (Unopposed)


County Sheriff

(D) Kelly D. Gannaway

(R) Robert L Santana


Probate Judge

(D) Diana M May-Diaz

(R) Tommy W. Perez


New Mexico Houser of Representatives District 32

(D) Candie Sweetser

(R)  Laura Boyd



All Sources for Elections: Ballotpedia.org ; http://electionresults.sos.state.nm.us


Thank you,

Jill R. Smith

Governmental Affairs Director

Associated Students of Western New Mexico University

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