Five running for Clovis mayor
Only one of four council races contested in Portales
January 8, 2020
Five candidates, two of them current Clovis city commissioners and one a former city manager, are running for the open mayor’s position.
Following Tuesday’s signup day, Clovis’ municipal election will feature six races out of six contested, while Portales will have three of its four councilors running unopposed for re-election.
Municipal elections are scheduled for March 3, with early voting starting Feb. 4.
A total of 20 candidates are running in the Clovis municipal election — five for mayor, seven for District 1 and two each for Districts 2, 3 and 4 and the municipal judge race.
Clovis mayoral candidates, in order of signup, are R.L. “Rube” Render, Raymond Mondragon, Stephen B. North, Michael A. Morris and Sandra Taylor-Sawyer. Mayor David Lansford announced he would not seek a sixth term on Dec. 30.
The District 1 race was long known to be open, when Ladona Clayton moved to Dallas and appointment David Robinson announced he would not run for the seat. Candidates for the race are James Matthew Whittington, Eric A. Collings, Kenneth R. Lindsey, Marcus Alan Smith, Rhonda Payne Bargman, Leo Lovett and George Talmadge Jones.
The District 2 seat is open due to Taylor-Sawyer opting to run for mayor. Candidates are Lauren Denise Rowley and Jamaal Rashad Williams.
David W. Bryant will run against incumbent Helen Casaus in District 3, and Rodney Michael Lusk will run against incumbent Chris Bryant in District 4.
Vicki D. Kelley is running for the final two years of the municipal judge’s term, and will be challenged by Paul Nelson, the current city IT director. Kelley was appointed to the position after Jan Garrett opted for retirement last year.
In Portales, Ward B is the only contested city council race, with incumbent Jessica Jean Yi running against Daniel Boan. The remaining candidates are incumbents running unopposed — Veronica Cordova in Ward A, Chad Heflin in Ward C and Michael James “Jim” Lucero in Ward D.
In Texico, incumbents Cathy Bullington and Dave Parmer are running unopposed. In Elida, Clayton D. Ferguson and Andres N. Jasso will run unopposed for re-election as well. In Causey, Mayor Kris King and councilors Jill Caviness and Darrell Caviness are running unopposed for re-election.
Ballot position will be determined by the secretary of state's office, which will give city clerks a randomly chosen letter to establish an alphabetical ballot order. For example, if Clovis is given "Q" for the mayor's race, Render would be the first listed candidate, followed by Taylor-Sawyer, Mondragon, Morris and North.
Jan. 14 is filing day for write-in candidates.