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As Taos County’s primary election Tuesday (June 2) slid into Wednesday with no final tally of all the votes, Kristina Ortez of Taos was sitting in second place behind Mark Gallegos of Questa in … more
Melissa Kennelly said she hardly slept at all the night of the primary (June 2) as results rolled in from three counties for the 8th Judicial District judge-Division II race – in which she was one of four contenders.  By Wednesday morning (June 3), Kennelly, who was appointed t more
Of all the races in the Taos County primary, the one with an almost palpable tension was between the two candidates for Taos County clerk.  Valerie Rael-Montoya and Dolores Lujan have worked together for years in the clerk’s office. Rael-Montoya, who eventually won the race by 139 votes after the absent more
Taos County Commission   District 3:   Unofficial vote total: Andrew Chavez, 326 Darlene Vigil, 863 Mark Flores,  526   The primary election has been … more
Appointed to the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s seat in 2019, Marcus J. Montoya was nonetheless worried Wednesday (June 3) about retaining his position. Montoya was ahead of his opponent, … more
After an arduous wait for anxious candidates, the primary results are in for  Taos County.  Elections staff finished tallying up more than 6,000 absentee ballots at about 10 p.m. … more
A judge in Taos District Court has approved a petition from the Taos County Clerk's Office to extend the deadline to count votes in the 2020 primary due to the extraordinary number of absentee … more
Workers in the Taos County Clerk’s office resumed counting absentee ballots at 8 a.m. Wednesday (June 3) and have still have no results on the 2020 primary election.  Taos County Clerk … more
Update: Tuesday (June 3) 5:30 a.m.  New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said six counties, including Taos, still have final vote counts pending. The delays in counts across the state came becuse of the large nunber of absentee ballots. more
It's primary election day. If you haven't sent in your absentee ballot, today is the day to vote the traditional way by going to a poll and casting your ballot in person.  Due to the coronavirus … more
The town of Taos Council approved the 2020-21 interim budget with a nearly $2 million hole in the projected revenues for the general fund. The COVID-19 pandemic has whacked the town's annual budget and has left the council and staff scrambling for ways to shore up over $2 million in missing projected revenue from the previous year. more
Taos County will be providing face coverings for all employees following Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's recent order declaring them mandatory for all New Mexico residents. County employees will have to wear face coverings while at work and in public places. more
For their next Taos Magistrate Court judge, Taos County residents will have three choices come this primary election day: Edwardo Martinez, a veteran New Mexico State Police lieutenant and a graduate … more
I am writing in response to William E. Cordova's comments about AnJanette Brush's role as the Democratic vice chair being a candidate. First and foremost, Brush has basically recused herself from her duties by stepping aside during the campaign. There is no conflict there. more
As individual private citizens of Taos County we can no longer stand by and watch from the sidelines without setting the record straight. We are facing a very important election in the County Clerk's Office and there have been some false statements made as well as inaccurate claims as to how our office has been run by current leadership. more
In my opinion it's the most critical position in local government. The members in each district represent us. They live in our communities, and keep our beautiful valleys, our waters and our way of life safe, secure and manageable. Their decisions affect us all, such as: road improvements, land uses, assisting in the creation of a sustainable housing market, health care - just a few examples. more
The Taos Democratic Party will host the next in its series of election forums Monday night (May 18) for the three candidates running for Taos Magistrate Court judge. Appointed in March to succeed … more
What makes for a good district judge and how should one be selected? Questions posed by Taos Democratic Party Chairman Darien Fernandez at a Zoom forum held Thursday night (May 14) for the four … more
One of the great aspects of the 2020 election is how many women are running for office at the local, state and congressional levels. Women are stepping up, willing to do the hard and often thankless work of public servants, making choices to improve their communities. more
Many Taos County residents will find that their preferred polling location from elections past won't be an option for the June 2020 primary, and perhaps not even by the time the general election … more
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials will host a remote news conference Wednesday afternoon (May 13) at 4 p.m., to provide an update on COVID-19 efforts and emergency public health orders in New Mexico. more
Primary 2020 New Mexico Congressional District 3 Candidate Position Survey more
Candidates for the District 3 Taos County Commission race gathered for a virtual forum Monday as election day closes in.  Taos Democratic Party Chair Darien Fernandez hosted the event which … more
The Taos County Democratic Party will host a forum via Zoom Thursday evening (May 14) for the four candidates running for Division II 8th Judicial District Judge. Incumbent Melissa Kennelly will … more
Due to concerns over COVID-19, New Mexico voters are being encouraged to mail in requests for absentee ballots for the 2020 primary election. According to the New Mexico Secretary of State … more
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