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By Debbie Israel



January 12, 2018

According to City Clerk Karla Sayler, six people filed to run for three open positions on the Aztec City Commission on filing day, Jan. 6.

Mayor Sally Burbridge has chosen not to run again for the seat she currently holds in District 2. Burbridge has been commissioner for the past 12 years, ten of those serving as mayor. Rosalyn Fry, Joe Hubbard and Joel Barton each filed for the District 2 position.

When contacted by TALON, Hubbard said he has withdrawn from the race because he felt there were enough candidates without him.

Fry has lived in Aztec since 1997 and is retired from the ECHO Housing program. She has also held management positions with United Blood Services, San Juan County Partnership and San Juan Center for Independent Living. She feels that her experience in the non-profit sector, especially grant writing, will be beneficial in the commissioners position. She has also previously owned two businesses in Aztec.

Barton has lived in Aztec for about 13 years, and has been employed with Aztec Schools for 21 years. He said he felt his experience and leadership roles within the school system would make him a good candidate.

Victor Snover was the only person to file for the District 4 position currently held by Katee McClure. Snover is a military veteran, and currently serves as an Army JROTC instructor at AHS. He said he feels that Aztec is ready for change. "I know how to work with people and groups from all walks of life and I vow to work to find common ground whenever possible," he said.

Mark Lewis has challenged incumbent Sheri Rogers for the District 5 position.

Lewis currently works for Southwest Care. He has lived in Aztec for the past 29 years. He was previously an editor at the Daily Times and said, "I feel that my background in journalism allows me to listen and make good decisions." He would like to see completion of several projects around town and help guide the city's future growth and needs, especially financially.

Incumbent Rogers recently retired from San Juan County and has been a city commissioner for the past four years. She said that her experience and familiarity with the "budget process and how that relates to the projects in progress," is valuable to the position. She said she has a good working relationship with the current commissioners and other community leaders. She also added, "I think it's encouraging to see so many people interested in serving their community, and it's good to see some competition for the seats."

Each position is for a four year term. Sayler said the candidates have been certified and have drawn for their positions on the ballot. January 16 is the day that additional people can file to be write-in candidates, and also the last day to withdraw from the race.

The Aztec Chamber of Commerce will host a Candidate Forum before the election, but details about place, date and time were not available at press time.

Absentee ballots will be available beginning Jan. 30, and early voting will begin Feb. 14, at the City Clerk's office.

You must be a registered voter within the city of Aztec in order to vote in this election. If you are not yet registered, you have until Feb. 6 to do so.

The two remaining commission seats are currently held by Austin Randall and Sherri Sipe. Those positions will not be up for re-election until 2020.


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