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Alamosa city races broaden

Posted: Saturday, Aug 10th, 2013

Courier editor

ALAMOSA — More candidates announced their intentions to run for mayor and Alamosa city council during Wednesday’s council meeting.

With Mayor Kathy Rogers’ decision not to seek re-election, Councilor Josef Lucero during the prior council meeting announced his intention to run for mayor. On Wednesday night, Councilor Charles Griego said he also is running for mayor.

He said he had the opportunity to work with three mayors and during part of that time had served as mayor pro tem so he understood the hard work that was involved and what it takes.

He added he struggled with the decision to run for mayor but decided to run because he loves his community and would like to conclude his 30 years on council as mayor.

Darrell Cooper took a few moments during the opening public comment period of the August 7 council meeting to share his candidacy for the Ward 2 council seat. Cooper had previously served on the Alamosa school board.

He said he struggled with the decision to enter the race because he is good friends with incumbent Rusty Johnson, who said on Wednesday he is seeking re-election.

“But I look forward to a good race,” Cooper said.

Councilman Johnson said he applauded everyone who runs and hoped more would enter the race, because sitting on council is a good way to serve the community. He being a city councilor is a difficult position but very rewarding.

Johnson added he knew his opponent Darrell Cooper was a quality person so whoever would win the Ward 2 race would do a good job.

Councilor Marcia Tuggle, who announced during the last meeting she would seek re-election to the at-large position she currently holds, urged other interested residents to enter the council race. She said it is good to give voters choices, and it is not too late to get involved.

She added that rather than sitting and complaining and criticizing, people have the opportunity to do something.

She said even candidates who do not win still gain something from the campaign process and meeting people.

“Let’s give people lots of choices this time,” she said.

The council positions up for election this November are:

• Mayor, currently held by Kathy Rogers, who is not seeking re-election

• At Large, currently held by Marcia Tuggle, who is running again

• Ward 2, currently held by Rusty Johnson, who is seeking re-election

• Ward 4, currently held by Leland Romero 

City Clerk Judy Egbert said that during a candidate orientation on Monday several people picked up information but their candidacies will not be finalized until their petitions are turned in. She said anyone wishing to run for mayor or council can find information on the city’s web site, pick up a candidate packet or watch the training video from Monday night.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens, at least 21 years old, qualified Alamosa electors and candidates for the ward for which they are running, if seeking a ward post.

August 6 was the first date petitions could be circulated, and they must be turned back in to the city clerk’s office by August 26.

For more information contact City Clerk Egbert at 300 Hunt Avenue, 589-2593 ext. 8 or jegbert@ci.alamosa.co.us

Also see www.cityofalamosa.org

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