County elections on the way for Quay

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS

It’s time for Quay residents who want to run for county office to start stamping out some election promises and campaign buttons. The date to file for candidacy with the county clerk is March 21.

Six seats are up for grabs in Quay, according to the state’s 2006 Candidate Guide. These include county commissioners for districts one and three, county assessor, county sheriff, probate and magistrate judges.

These positions are currently held by district one Commissioner Robert Lopez, district three’s Commissioner Franklin McCasland, Assessor Janie Murray, Sheriff Jack Huntley, Probate Judge Joyce Thrasher and Magistrate Judge Edwin Bruhn.

Each position holds office for a four-year term, with a term limit of two terms. Huntley and Thrasher will not be running again.

All positions require the candidates be at least 18 years of age and reside in Quay County. Magistrate judge also requires someone who graduated from high school or has an equivalency certificate, according to the guidebook.

Other important dates are June 6, the date of the primary election, and the general election scheduled for Nov. 7.

County Clerk Ellen White said she also wants to remind people they must be registered to vote in the primaries. The last day to register to be eligible to vote in the primary is May 9.

Absentee ballots are also due May 9, White said.

For information, download a copy of the 2006 Candidate Guide at www.sos.state.nm.us or call the county clerk’s office at 461-0510.