By Marty Mayfield
KRTN and staff offer our condolences and prayers to the family of Freda Baca as we were notified that she passed away December 26th in Rio Rancho, NM.
Baca’s passing now challenges Colfax County commissioners to find her replacement. Colfax County Commissioners have scheduled a special meeting for January 5th at 9:00 a.m. to pick a replacement for Baca. Commissioners can choose whom ever they feel will best fill the position and that person will then pick a deputy clerk. With two elections coming up in February and March, this will challenge any new clerk to learn the election process quickly unless they choose Deputy Clerk Rebecca Hoy who has already been through the election schooling.
Springer has a school bond election on February 2nd while Raton and the other municipalities in Colfax County will have a municipal election March 1, 2016 with a filing deadline of January 5, 2016, Raton will have three city commission openings on the ballot, The county clerk provides city commission candidates with certified voter registration which they take to the city clerk for verification. The clerk’s office also provides voter rosters as well as providing and certifying voting machines for the municipal elections. An early voting location for the Raton municipal election will be maintained at City Hall beginning February 10, 2016.
Meanwhile, Deputy Clerk Rebecca Hoy will step into the position effective immediately to carry on the day-to-day activities of the office. Should she be chosen for the clerk’s position she will fill that roll until the end of Baca’s term on December 31, 2016.
Link to the Election Resolution-Springer School