Town of Taos candidates debate

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 2/5/20

The town of Taos Council could be in for a change of direction as four Taoseños go head-to-head in this year’s March 3 municipal election for two seats.

The Taos News will host a forum and debate Thursday night (Feb. 6) for the upcoming town of Taos municipal election.

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Town of Taos candidates debate

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The town of Taos Council could be in for a change of direction as four Taoseños go head-to-head in this year’s March 3 municipal election for two seats.

The Taos News will host a forum and debate Thursday night (Feb. 6) for the upcoming town of Taos municipal election.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and candidates will take the stage at 6 p.m. in the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta Road, to answer various questions about the upcoming election.

Councilors Darien Fernandez and Nathaniel Evans are being challenged by artist Roger Martinez and town planning and zoning commissioner Billy Romero for the positions.

“Our role is to listen to all of our constituents and thoughtfully and inclusively develop a vision for fostering a community that works for all,” Fernandez said about his current position.

Both Fernandez and Evans won their seats in the 2016 election. Martinez also ran for council that year and hopes to have more success in this go-round.

Topics of focus for the candidates this year are economic viability and affordability in Taos.

“Building long-term resilience requires a diversified local economy,” Evans said. “Taos must work to diversify beyond seasonal tourism as its primary economic determinant.”

All four of the candidates claim they are striving to continue economic growth while maintaining cultural values within the town.

The election pits two different generations against other – Evans and Fernandez are both in their 30s while Martinez and Romero are in their 50s.

During the forum, candidates will be asked about their positions on various issues. Responses will vary from three minutes to short single-word answers. Candidates will have to answer on the fly as they will not know the questions they will be asked prior to the event.

Martinez said he will be unable to attend the forum due to a previous engagement but will provide a statement.

The event will be free to the public.

Early voting began Feb. 4, and will continue up to Feb. 29. Election day is Tuesday, March 3.

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