Bruhn wins school board in Logan, most of school races uncontested

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

With mostly uncontested races in Tuesday’s school board elections in Quay County, the school board race for position 2 in the Village of Logan was the one to watch.

Tommy J. Bruhn won the race against Kent Terry by one vote, 119 to 118, for Position 2, according to the unofficial vote count by the Quay County Clerk’s Office.

Others on the ballot in Logan ran uncontested.

San Jon had two contested races. Leslie Dale Bone who defeated Franklin R. Rusk 71-38 and Roger Bowe defeated Tommy Evans 71-35, according to the unofficial vote.

A highlight for Tucumcari Schools Superintendent Aaron McKinney was the overwhelming voter approval for the proposed 2 mil tax for public school capital improvements and the general obligation bonds.
“I’m really pleased,” said McKinney, who waited at the courthouse with school board member Doug Powers for the results.
Tucumcari voters gave their approval 306 to 56 in favor of the capital tax and 304 to 63 for the general obligation bond, according to the unofficial vote.

The bonds would generate $3,075,000 and the tax would generate about $250,000 annually for the next three years, McKinney said.

The funds will be used for improvements and maintenance at the schools, with the initial focus on the high school, he said.
“The high school hasn’t had much work done on it for years and it’s the oldest building we have,” McKinney said.
Tucumcari High School – built in 1961 – needs to be renovated, its cafeteria rebuilt and a new heating and cooling system installed, McKinney said.

McKinney credited the facilities steering committee for funding and distributing flyers and signs, among other things, to tell the school’s story to the public.
“They worked hard to make it happen,” said Powers.
They held fundraisers, paid for ads and went to speak at civic groups, Powers said.

Races for school board slots in Tucumcari were uncontested. Carlos Romero was elected to represent District 1, Joe R. Barnett to District 4 and Albert J. Mitchell, Jr. to District 5, according to the unofficial vote count.
Votes will be canvassed, verified by the County Clerk Ellen White and Quay Count Commissioners at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Unofficial Totals
Tuesday’s Election Results

School Board Election in Tucumcari
Total Votes Cast: 371
District 1 for a four-year term
75 Carlos T. Romero

District 4 for a four-year term
109 Joe R. Barnett

District 5 for a four-year term
46 Albert J. Mitchell Jr.

Questions for Districts 1-5
Public School Capital Improvements (2 mil) Tax Question
Shall the Board of Education of the Tucumcari Public School District, County of Quay, State of New Mexico, be authorized to impose a property tax of $2.00 per each $1,000.00 of net taxable value of the property allocated to the District under the Property Tax Code for the property tax years of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 for the purpose of the following capital improvements in the District: erecting, remodeling, making additions to, providing equipment for or furnishing public school buildings; purchasing or improving public school grounds; maintenance of public school buildings or public school grounds, including payments under contracts for maintenance support services and expenditures for technical training and certification for maintenance and facilities management personnel, but excluding salary expenses of school district employees; purchasing activity vehicles for transporting students to extracurricular school activities; and purchasing computer software and hardware for student use in public school classrooms?
306 For
56 Against

General Obligation Bond Question
Shall the Board of Education of the Tucumcari Public School District, County of Quay, State of New Mexico, be authorized to issue general obligation bonds of the District, in one series or more, in the aggregate principal amount of not exceeding $3,075,000 for the purpose of erecting, remodeling, making additions to and furnishing school buildings, purchasing or improving school grounds, purchasing computer software and hardware for student use in public schools, providing matching funds for capital outlay projects funded pursuant to the Public School Capital Outlay Act or any combination of these purposes, said bonds to be payable from general (ad valorem) taxes and to be issued and sold at such time or times upon such terms and conditions as the Board may determine?
304 For
63 Against

School Board Election in House
Total Votes Cast: 19
Position 1 – to fill an unexpired term
19 Rachelle D. Moon
(Write in candidate)

School Board Election in Logan
Total Votes Cast: 242
Position 1 for a four-year term
207 Cinda J. Barber

Position 2 for a four-year term
119 Tommy J. Bruhn
118 Kent Terry

Position 3 for a four-year term
191 Clint D. Usrey

Position 5 for a four-year term
200 Ladonna L. Sorrels

School Board Election in San Jon
Total Votes Cast: 109
Position 2 for a four-year term
71 Roger C. Bowe
35 Tommy Evans

Position 5 for a four-year term
38 Franklin R. Rusk
71 Leslie Dale Bone