Candidates compete for college board

Compiled by Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer

Let the race begin.
Clovis Community College Board of Trustees candidates registered Wednesday at the Curry County Courthouse.
Vying for Position 1 are Dr. Ken Merritt, Gayla Brumfield and Warren David Woodward, and Position 4, Charles Guthals and Raymond Mondragon.
The election will be March 6.

The candidates
Position 1
Gayla Brumfield
Why are you running?
“I really love the community college. I am very supportive of it. … I believe in the philosophy of the community college. … I also believe it’s important that a woman is on the board. … Our board needs to show what our community is like.”
More on Brumfield: Brumfield is secretary of the CCC Board of Trustees. She has served in the position for at least two years, she said. During her tenure, she helped found the cultural arts committee and served on the CCC Foundation, an organization that distributes scholarships to students and purchases art for the college.
She is also a Clovis Community College graduate.
She is a broker and the owner of Coldwell Banker Colonial Real Estate in Clovis.

Dr. Ken Merritt
Why are you running?
“I always had an interest in education. I have bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. The best way to serve that interest is working through the community college. … I have experience in the classroom. I have been on the board of education for Clovis, and this would seem like the next step as far as the community and education.”
More on Merritt: Merritt has had a dental practice in Clovis for 28 years.
He served on the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education for 16 years, and taught eighth-grade history and English for three years at Marshall Junior High before going to dental school, he said. He also taught anatomy and physiology for six years at Clovis Community College. He is chairman of the board of Mental Health Resources.

Warren David Woodward could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Position 4
Raymond Mondragon
Why are you running?
“I’m running to be a part of furthering the advancement and future of Clovis Community College,” Mondragon said.
More about Mondragon: Mondragon has a long history of community service. He served as the Clovis city manager. He is manager of area economic development at ENMR-Plateau.
Mondragon served for two years on the CCC Foundation.

Charles Guthals
Why are you running?
“I’ve had a longtime interest in education. … I believe education and service are two things that will keep our society going,” Guthals said.
More about Guthals: Guthals served for 27 years on Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education. He also served as president of the New Mexico School Boards Association and lobbied for education funds in Washington, D.C.
He is the owner of Guthals Nursery in Clovis.

Precincts, polling places
District 1

Includes precincts 18, 22, 23, 24, 27 and those portions of general election precincts 19, 26 and 33 within CCC District 1
Polling place: Zia Elementary School, 2400 North Norris St.

District 4
Includes precincts 12, 13, 15, 17 and 37 and those general election precincts 2, 3, 10, 16 and 35 within CCC District 4
Polling place: Mesa Elementary, 4801 North Norris St.

Absentee voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 9 through March 2, at the Curry County Clerk’s office, 700 N. Main St., Suite 7.

— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Marlena Hartz