Candidates file for June 1 primary

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, right, drew first position on the ballot for State Representative District 64 Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. She is running against Wade Lopez.

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

It’s been a long time, at least longer than most at the courthouse can remember, since a sheriff candidate ran unopposed.

Tuesday evening at the Curry County Courthouse, Incumbent Sheriff Matt Murray was all smiles as the candidate list was read by Clerk Connie Jo Lyman and his was the only name in the race for his office.

Lyman said in her 25 years with the county she has never seen an uncontested race for sheriff.

“Normally the sheriff’s office draws a lot of interest, so Matt can pat himself on the back. He’s done a good job.”

5 p.m. Tuesday marked the deadline for candidate filings for the June 1 Primary election, though Lyman said write-in candidates have until June 2 and minor party candidates until June 22 to file candidacy.

Of the seven offices up for grabs, four are contested.

Some of the candidates were on hand to hear the final list of candidates and to participate in a drawing for ballot position.

Murray said he was pleased to learn he is unopposed in the race.

“Now I think we can continue on with what we’ve been doing and I appreciate all the support I’ve received from the office and the deputies,” Murray said.

Other filings:

• District 64 Rep. Anna Crook will have competition from fellow Republican Wade Lopez.

• District 1 Magistrate Judge, Republican Duane K. Castleberry is opposed by Democrat Johnny Chavez.

• District 2 Magistrate Judge, Republican Richard Hollis is being challenged by Genaro Soto.

• Probate Judge, Republican Kevin D. Duncan has been challenged by fellow Republican Ribble Holloman.

• Democratic Commissioners Frank Blackburn, and Robert Sandoval along with Assessor candidate, Republican Tim Lyman and Murray are running unopposed.

Overall, Lyman said it was actually a slow filing day.

“In past magistrate judge races we’ve had as many as nine candidates,” she said.

“I think it’s been a horribly slow filing day.”

The candidates compete in the June 1 primary elections. Winners in June will be the choices presented on the November general election ballot.

The following filed candidacy for office in the June 1 Curry County Primary election:

• District 64 State Representative: Incumbent Anna Crook, Republican; Wade Lopez, Republican

• Magistrate Judge, District 1: Johnny Chavez, Democrat; Incumbent Duane K. Castleberry, Republican

• Magistrate Judge District 2: Genaro Soto, Democrat; Incumbent Richard Hollis Jr., Republican

• County Commission District 1: Incumbent Bobby Sandoval, Democrat.

• County Commission District 3: Incumbent Frank Blackburn, Democrat