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School board election Tuesday: One contested race in each school district

The Independent of Edgewood, New Mexico

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School board elections will be next Tuesday, Feb. 3, with elections in the Moriarty-Edgewood, Estancia and Mountainair School Districts.

Both Moriarty-Edgewood, Estancia and Mountainair districts each have a single contested seat, with other candidates unopposed. Mountainair's race includes a write-in candidate.

In addition, the Moriarty-Edgewood School District will have a capital improvements mill levy on the ballot If authorized, voters would approve a continuation of an existing property tax for another six years of $2 per $1,000 of net taxable value.

There are limitations on what the money raised can be used for if the mill levy is approved by voters; it may not be used for salaries, for example.

A new charter school within the Moriarty-Edgewood

School District's boundaries would also benefit from the bond if approved.

In the Moriarty-Edgewood district, expenditures the funds could be used for include general maintenance, upgrades to heating and cooling systems, furniture, and purchase of activity vehicles, according to an informational flyer by the district.

The same flyer says that the Estancia Valley Classical Academy proposes to use funds for computer software and hardware for students, land for a permanent campus and building a new school building after 2017.

Registered voters living in the school district are eligible to vote whether or not they own property or have children in school.

The Moriarty-Edgewood School District will have three polling locations, open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Edgewood Elementary School, Mountainview Elementary School and the Moriarty Qvic Center.

In Estancia and Mountainair, polling locations are the high school gyms. For information on the elections, contact the Torrance County Clerk at 505-246-4735.

In the Moriarty-Edgewood School District, there are four candidates, two of them unopposed. Charles Armijo and Albert Chavez will face no opponent in the race.

Incumbent Elizabeth Howells is being challenged by former school board member Filandro "Phil" Anaya.

In Estancia, Jesus Lucero is unopposed in the race.

Incumbent Kendra Encinias Otis is being challenged by Robert Chavez.

In Mountainair, Gabriel Chavez and Darrell Roberts are running unopposed, while incumbent Frances Gonzales will face write-in candidate Peter Nieto.

The Independent interviewed candidates with contested races in the Moriarty-Edgewood and Estancia school districts. Candidates in the Mountainair district did not return calls by press time.

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Original Publication Date: January 28, 2015

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