Local candidates file for place on ballot in June primary

Republican Curry County probate judge candidate Michael R. Wells, right, draws for ballot position under the supervision of Curry County Election Administrator and Chief Deputy Coni Jo Lyman Tuesday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor

Clovis City Commissioner Robert Sandoval can’t think of a better way to forge an improved relationship between the city and the county than serving on both governing boards.

A city commissioner for three years, Sandoval filed Tuesday for one of two County Commission seats up for grabs in the June 6 primary.

“The past few years it’s always been us against them,” said Sandoval, 70, a retired Clovis postal worker. “I’d like to see the city and county work closer together. I think they’re starting to do that, and I think by doing this, I can help accomplish more of it.”

He is running for the District 1 County Commission seat being vacated by Edwin Perales Jr., who will step down after eight years on the Commission as a result of a two-term limit.

Also looking to fill Perales’ spot is his son, Edwin Perales II, 20, and Fidel M. Madrid.

“I’ve always been interested in politics,” said the younger Perales, who works in his father’s construction business and also attends college.

He said it’s time for the younger generation to get involved.

“You look all around and it’s mostly the older generation,” Perales II said. “I see this as an opportunity to bring the two generations together.”

Ranchvale horseshoer Dusty Leatherwood also hopes to bring a younger voice to the County Commission in District 3.

Leatherwood, 50, and former commissioner Frank Blackburn filed as Democrats to fill the position being vacated by Kathryn Tate because of term limits.
“I’m a big advocate of the (county) events center,” said Leatherwood, an avid team-roper. “I think Clovis is on the verge a lot of growth, and it will take a new era of young people to help spur that along.”
The county is scheduled to break ground soon on a multimillion-dollar events center targeted for rodeo and livestock events.

Four other positions on the June 6 primary ballot are being contested, including sheriff and two magistrate judge slots.

The bid to replace Sheriff Roger Hatcher has drawn three Republican candidates in Curry County — Undersheriff Doug Bowman, Matt E. Murray and Wesley Myers.

Murray ran against Hatcher in the 2002 election.

Hatcher, meanwhile is challenging incumbent Richard Hollis for one of two magistrate judge positions.

Also filing Tuesday were two familiar names for Probate Judge.

Two-term City Commissioner and Mayor Pro-Tem Kevin Duncan and recent city commissioner candidate Gloria Wicker are seeking the county probate judge position.

State Representative
Republican
• Anna M. Crook

County Commission, District 1
Democrat
• Fidel M. Madrid
• Robert “Bobby” O. Sandoval
• Edwin H. Perales II

County Commission, District 3
Democrat
• Dusty W. Leatherwood
• Frank H. Blackburn

County Assessor
Democrat
• Randy J. Williams

Sheriff
Republican
• Doug Bowman Jr.
• Wesley Myers
• Matt E. Murray

County Probate Judge
Democrat
• Gloria Wicker
Republican
• Michael R. Wells
• Kevin D. Duncan

Magistrate Judge, Division 1
Democrat
• Doug Miller
Republican
• Diane K. Mains
• Duane Kindrick Castleberry

Magistrate Judge, Division
Republican
• Roger J. Hatcher
• Richard L. Hollis Jr.