Municipal elections set for Tuesday


Voters will head to the polls Tuesday, March 6, in Belen, Bosque Farms, Los Lunas and Peralta for their respective municipal elections.

Six candidates have thrown their hats into the Belen City Council race, including David Carter, Wayne Gallegos, Dubra Karnes-Padilla, Audrey Torres, Ronnie Torres and A. Terese "Tinky" Ulivarri.

The two candidates who garner the most votes will be sworn into office later this month.

Councilor Lorenzo Carrillo, who was appointed two years ago to the council, decided not to run for one of two seats up for election. The other seat up for election this year is currently held by Wayne Gallegos, who is running for re-election.

Carter, the transportation services coordinator for Belen Schools, is a part-time instructor at the University of Phoenix.

He holds a master's degree in business administration and a bachelor's degree in agriculture. He is also a 1973 graduate of Belen High School.

Gallegos is asking voters to re-elect him to a second term on the council. Gallegos is a retired fire chief and emergency coordinator.

He graduated from Belen High School, the New Mexico and National fire academies and the New Mexico School of Medicine EMS Academy.

Karnes-Padilla, who is an instructor and the eduction manager of the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus' Fitness and Wellness Education Center, is seeking political office for the first time.

She has a master's degree in physical education and a bachelor's degree in university studies, with an emphasis in studio art and art history.

Audrey Torres, who retired as a clerk for the city of Belen last year, is also a newcomer to city politics. She has a high school diploma, attended college and has continuing education for local government. She also has prior real estate education.

Ronnie Torres, who served as mayor of Belen from 1996-2000 and on the council for two years, is once again asking for voter's support.

Torres owns and operates Hair Innovations and graduated from Belen High School and the Hollywood School of Cosmetology.

A. Terese "Tinky" Ulivarri, who served on the Belen City Council for 12 years, is hoping voters will want her back. She is retired from the New Mexico State Parks.

She is a 1971 graduate of Belen High School and has a bachelor's degree in recreation. She also received law enforcement certification in 1979.

Voters in Bosque Farms will show up to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots for mayor, two village councilors and the municipal judge.

Even though there are four seats up for election, not too much will change in terms of who will members of the governing body.

Robert Knowlton, who has been on the village council for two terms, is the sole candidate for mayor.

Knowlton has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, a master's and Ph.D. in hydrology and is employed at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque.

Mayor Wayne Ake, who decided not to run for a third term, is running for one of two at-large council positions.

Ake previously served on the village council, has a bachelor's degree in business management and is a safety director.

Dolly Wallace, co-owner of Wallace Quarter Horses LLC in Bosque Farms, is also seeking re-election. She has served on the council for eight years.

Wallace graduated from Los Lunas High School and Albuquerque Business College.

The only new face on the Bosque Farms ballot this year is R. Lar Thomas, who is running unopposed for municipal judge.

Thomas, a semi-retired lawyer who previously served on the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District Board of Directors in the '90s, will take over for Bosque Farms Municipal Judge Robert Kavanaugh, who is not seeking re-election.

Three candidates are running for two council seats in Los Lunas.

Because of redistricting, current Los Lunas Village Councilor Cecilia "CC" Castillo, who has served two terms, wasn't able to run in her District 1 because she was moved into District 3.

The two candidates for District 1 are Helen Y. Cole and Amanda M. Perea.

Cole, who works in the administrative office of the New Mexico Department of Health, is a 1987 graduate of Los Lunas High School, and has attended UNM-VC and trade schools. She ran for the County Commission District 1 seat in 2010.

Amanda M. Perea is a customer service coordinator at Quest Diagnostics. She is a 1984 graduate of Los Lunas High School and previously ran for the seat in 2008.

Councilor Gerard Siaz, who has served on the council for 12 years, is running unopposed for his District 3 seat.

He is a postal employee, graduated from Los Lunas High School and attended New Mexico Highlands University.

Peralta, the newest municipality in Valencia County, is holding elections for mayor, two town council seats and municipal judge.

Edward Archuleta, the town's first mayor, is once again asking voters for their support. Archuleta is a senior vice president/senior loan officer at MyBank.

He is a graduate of Los Lunas High School, and has a bachelor's in finance and a master's in management.

Mayor Bryan Olguin, who has served in the top spot for four years, is running for re-election. Olguin is a retired business owner and field technician. He has a degree in electronics technology.

Two Peralta residents, Tracy Aragon and Lorenzo Moya, are running for two at-large council positions.

Councilors Nancy "Pug" Burge and Christian Garcia, who have served on the council since the town's incorporation, decided not to run for re-election.

Aragon, a radiology and nuclear medicine manager, and owner and operator of The Strike Zone Cage in Peralta, is running for one of the two seats.

He is a 1981 graduate of Los Lunas High School, attended New Mexico State University for two years, University of Albuquerque for two years, and attended the Penroes School of Nuclear Medicine in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Moya, a retired Albuquerque Public School's electrician, is also running for town council. He is a graduate of Los Lunas High School and TVI.

He has never run for a political office, but was president of the Communication Workers of America Union for 18 years, and president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union for three years.

There are two candidates running for Peralta municipal judge, including Claudio Moya Jr. and current Judge David Young.

Moya has been self-employed at Moya Drilling Co. for 37 years. The high school graduate has never run for political office before.

Young, a retired sheriff's captain, is a 1973 graduate of Los Lunas High School, and has attended UNM, NMSU, CNM and National American University.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Belen Public Library and Belen Community Center in Belen; at the Cowboy Hall, 1040 Arena Road in Bosque Farms; in the council chambers at the village of Los Lunas administration building, 660 Main St., and at Peralta Town Hall, 90-A Molina Road.

Because of News-Bulletin press-time, results of all four municipal elections will be posted online at Tuesday night. A full recap of the elections will be published in next Saturday's edition.

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