Every school district in the county will have at least one contested race for their school board seats.
Tucumcari Public Schools, Mesalands Community College and House Public Schools each have one contested seat while Logan and San Jon schools each have two contested seats.
According to Quay County Assistant County Clerk Ellen White, having so many contested seats is not uncommon for the county. “It’s not unusual at all,” said White about the number running. “Some years we have a number of contested races and other years there aren’t.”
In fact, White said it is not that unusual to have a number of seats without anyone running for them.
The county clerk elect said the activity within the district often reflects activities taking place in the town in which the school district resides.
“It all depends on what is going on in the towns and villages,” said White. “The more going on probably means the more people sign up to run.”
Tucumcari Public Schools had three seats open for the election and In District 2, John M. Garcia will be running uncontested for a four year term. In District 3 running for a four year term will be Douglas N. Powers going against Virgil L. McDonald. In District 5, Albert J. Mitchell, Jr. will be running unopposed for a two year term.
Mesa Community College has its contested race in their District ! where James P. Streetman running against Daniel Garcia. The two will be vying for a four year term. Ted E. Peabody will be running unopposed in MCC’s District 3 as will Muriel Pfeifer in District 5. Both are four-year terms.
House School District has its contested race in their Position 1. Vernon E. Aucutt, Jr. will be going against Dwight Parker for a four-year term. Position 2 has Richard J. Elworth running unopposed for a four-year term. Gary D. Hickman will be running unopposed for the Position 5 two-year term.
In the Logan School District, both open positions have contested races. For Position 4, a four-year term, Bill Cone, Jr. will be going against Michael E. Perez.. For Position 5, also a four year term, Martin J. Rogers will be running against Priscilla L. Hazen.
San Jon Schools has three positions that candidates will be seeking. Only one, for Position 4, has a candidate running opposed. Timothy L. Foster will be seeking the position. In Position 1, Frank Gibson will be running against Robert Frost for a four-year term. Seeking Position 3 and a four-year term will be Arthur White and Ronald E. Stoner, Jr.
Tuesday, Jan. 4 is the last day to register to vote for those interested in voting in the school board elections.