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Santa Fe School Elections Today

Vote Before the Polls Close at 7 pm!

February 5, 2013, 11:00 am
By Sterling Fluharty

Santa Fe residents who live in Districts 3 and 5 can vote today for representatives on the Santa Fe Public Schools Board of Education.

Don't forget to check out the Santa Fe Reporter's interviews and endorsements of school board candidates before you head to the polls.

All registered voters in Santa Fe, even those outside Districts 3 or 5, can vote on the $130 million school bond to fund new buildings and capital projects. Property taxes will not rise if voters approve this bond.

Voters can find their polling location on the Santa Fe County Clerk’s website. In this election, voters can only vote at the polling location assigned to their particular precinct. Polling locations opened at 7AM today and will close at 7PM.

District 3 voters can choose between Fred Zimbler and Susan Duncan for school board. Zimbler spent his career in engineering and business and moved to Tesuque 11 years ago. Duncan has worked at educational nonprofits and taught for 13 years.

Zimbler spent $1,134 of personal funds for the campaign. Duncan raised over $4,653 from dozens of local residents.

District 5 voters will choose either Louis Carlos or Lorraine Price for school board. Carlos became a cop 25 years ago and works now for Santa Fe. Price spent two decades in Santa Fe schools, as a teacher and administrator.

Carlos raised $850 for his campaign from a combination of businesses, individuals, and public safety organizations. Price spent $3,500 of her own money and raised $4,195 from individuals in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and elsewhere.

Edward Worden dropped out of the District 5 school board race on Jan. 2.

Voters can review the language for the school bond question on sample ballots posted on the county clerk’s website.

Voters can find contact information for the school board candidates on the county clerk’s website.

Neither Frank Montaño of District 5, the school board president, nor Barbara Gudwin of District 3, the school board secretary, sought reelection this year.

The school board sets policies and procedures for the public schools that serve Santa Fe students. They decide who will serve as superintendent evaluate his or her performance on a regular basis.

The school board meets on various days, usually in the first half of the week.

School board members in New Mexico serve four-year terms.

The new county clerk in Santa Fe, Geraldine Salazar, oversees her first election today. House Joint Resolution 2, introduced for this year’s legislative session, would allow school board elections to occur concurrently with municipal elections.

 

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