The campaign officially begins as the Taos County clerk announced the official list of candidates for the June 2 primary election.
Filing date closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday (March 10) and candidates will have until April 7 to decide if they will withdraw from the election.
A number of contested races will be on the ballot this summer and both Democrats and Republicans in Taos County will have to make their votes count.
The most highly contested race on the ballot will be the run for the District 42 state representative seat. Currently held by Taos Mayor Dan Barrone, the position is being sought by five candidates, including Barrone himself.
On the Democratic ticket, Questa Mayor and Taos County Commissioner Mark Gallegos will be challenging Barrone's appointment along with Taos Land Trust Director Kristina Ortez.
Taos County Republicans are also vying for the seat as Red River Mayor Linda Calhoun will be challenging Paul Anthony Martinez for a chance on the ballot.
Two Taos County Commission seats are up for grabs in the election and seven Democrats will be running against each other in the primaries.
For the District 3 seat, Andrew Chavez, Darlene Vigil and Mark Flores II will be running for a spot on the commission.
District 4 will see AnJanette Brush, William Cordova, Nicklos Jaramillo and John Rodelo running against each other.
Senator Robert "Bobby" Gonzales will be running unopposed for his seat as District 6 senator.
Five democratic candidates will be running for the Division 2 magistrate judge in Taos. Those candidates are Angela Macdonald, Edwardo Martinez, Charlene Tsoodle-Marcus, Jim Fambro and Sara Blankenhorn.
For the complete list of candidates, visit taosnews.com.
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