Three file for commission appointment

District 1 candidates are, from left, Jerry Lopez, Rick Haymaker and Gary Southern.

District 1 candidates are, from left, Jerry Lopez, Rick Haymaker and Gary Southern.

QCS Staff

Three candidates have applied for Tucumcari’s vacant First District Commission seat, according to Angelica Gray, city clerk.

The deadline for filing applications was Monday.

The three are Rick Haymaker, a musician, pastor and business owner; Gary Southern, a retiree who recently ran for Tucumcari municipal judge; and Jerry Lopez, a life-long resident of of the district.

They are seeking appointment to the position vacated by First District Commissioner Dora Salinas-McTigue, who resigned from the commission on March 24, citing family health concerns. McTigue’s term expires in 2016.

City Commissioners will interview the candidates at a public workshop before their regular meeting on May 8 and are expected to announce a decision at the regular meeting that will follow. The workshop is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and the regular meeting at 6 p.m.

Salinas-McTigue survived a recall election in January. Second District Commissioner Jimmy Sandoval was removed from his commission seat in that election. Amy Gutierrez was appointed in March to replace Sandoval.

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