On Wednesday, October 29, at 6 p.m. there will be a local candidate's forum at the Women's Intercultural Center in Anthony, New Mexico. Yours truly, Jose Z. Garcia, will moderate a question and answer period for candidates for County Clerk, Magistrate Judge, and County Treasurer. The forum is sponsored by Moving Anthony Forward, the Montana Vista Coalition, and Southern New Mexico PACE.
Candidates who have been invited include: Kent Wingenroth and George P. Murphy, Democrat and Republican, respectively, candidates for magistrate judge; Lynn Ellins and Sid Goddard, candidates for County Clerk; and David Gutierrez and Jim Schoonover, candidates for County Treasurer. Aside from the Presidential, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House races, these are the only local races affecting the South Valley in which there is opposition. That is, there was no Republican opposition to the candidacy of Sen. Cynthia Nava, State Representative Joseph Cervantes, or County Commissioner Dolores Saldana-Caviness. Likewise, no Democrat opposed Susana Martinez for District Attorney.