Four compete for two Taos council seats

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 1/8/20

Two candidates will challenge council incumbents Darien Fernandez and Nathaniel Evans for their town of Taos Council seats.

Billy Romero and Roger Martinez have filed with the town clerk’s office for the March 3 municipal election to give the sitting councilors a race for reelection. Both Fernandez and Evans are currently serving their first term on the council.

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Four compete for two Taos council seats

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Two candidates will challenge council incumbents Darien Fernandez and Nathaniel Evans for their town of Taos Council seats.

Billy Romero and Roger Martinez have filed with the town clerk’s office for the March 3 municipal election to give the sitting councilors a race for reelection. Both Fernandez and Evans are currently serving their first term on the council.

“I’m committed to following through with all of our work that we have begun and I’m excited to continue work on our financial transparency,” Evans said.

Evans was the first to declare his candidacy for the election and said he is committed to helping youth in Taos as well as continuing work on the affordable housing issues in Taos.

Fernandez has said he also hopes to continue the work the council has been focused on and help to preserve the community in Taos.

“We’re really pushing for economic development opportunities out of the airport that don’t involve tourism."

The challengers in this race are no strangers to the public eye and have in some cases served in various boards and commissions themselves.

Martinez has run for council in the past and is an artist and active member of the Knights of Columbus in Taos. Romero currently serves on the planning and zoning commission and runs Río Grande Propane in Taos.

Candidates will have until Jan. 14 to withdraw their names from the ballot. Write-in candidates will have until that day to register with the clerk to be included as well.

Election day is March 3 and candidates will be running for the top two spots. The top two winners in the race will receive the two council seats.

Voters in Questa will have the opportunity to vote for their elected offices in March as well. Two council seats and a municipal judge position will be on the ballot. Before write-in candidates are certified, councilors John Anthony Ortega and Brent P. Jaramillo, who is also Taos County manager, are running unopposed for their seats. Judge Michael G. Rael is also running unopposed.

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