Election Watch 2019 covers the Las Cruces 2019 Municipal Elections for:  Mayor; Councilors in Districts 1, 2 and 4; School Board; Soil and Water Conservation; and Presiding Judge.

The following list of Qualified Candidates is taken from the NM Secretary of State

Website.  All counties are listed on this website.  Scroll down to Dona Ana County:



Bev Courtney  “One Citizen, One Verified Vote”

Mike Tellez (current owner of “The Dream Center”) https://miketellezformayor.com/

Isabella Solis (current County Commissioner District 4) “Las Cruces’ First Choice!”

Eugenia (Gina) Montoya Ortega (owned La Fiesta Bakery) http://ginaforlcmayor.com/

William (Bill) Mattiace (former Las Cruces Mayor)

Alexander Paige Baca Fresquez

Jorge Sanchez

Jesusita Dolores Lucero(2011 Mayoral Candidate)

Greg Smith  (current Las Cruces City Councilor District 2)

Ken Miyagishima (current Las Cruces Mayor)

Candidates for Las Cruces City Council District 1

Shelly Nichols-Shaw “Together, We Can Move Mountains”

Kasandra Gandara (current Las Cruces City Councilor District 1)

*Candidates for Las Cruces City Council District 2

Philip VanVeen  “CUT THE RED TAPE”  Facebook @ VanVeen Las Cruces

Jason Estrada

Tessa Abeyta Stuve

Jack L.Valencia, Jr.

*Candidates for Las Cruces City Council District 4

Robert Palacios  “It Takes a Community”  https://www.rob4lc.com/

Johana Bencomo “We will resist.”http://organizenm.org/andhttps://johana4lc.com

Antoinette Reyes                                                                      

*Candidates for Las Cruces Public School Board District 4

Janice Williams

Jesus Joaquin Favela, Jr.

Margaret A. Mendoza

Jeffrey R. Silva

Teresa Maxine Tenorio

William J. Zarges

*Candidates for Las Cruces Public School Board District 5

Carol Cooper

Edward Frank (current School Board President)

Gloria J. Martinez

Maria G. Pacheco

Candidates for Doña Ana Soil and Water Conservation Board

Doña Ana Soil and Water Supervisor 1

Jerry Guy Schickedanz (current Doña Ana Soil and Water Supervisor 1)

Kurt SJ Anderson

Doña Ana Soil and Water Supervisor 2

David Joseph Martinez (current Doña Ana Soil and Water Supervisor 2)

Fernando Clemente

Doña Ana Soil and Water Supervisor 5

Joshua L Smith (current Doña Ana Soil and Water Supervisor 5)

Christopher Kost Podruchny Cardenas

Candidates for Las Cruces Presiding Municipal Judge

Joy Goldbaum (current Municipal Judge II)

Richard M. Jacquez (former Doña Ana County Magistrate Judge)

*Please note:  for the 2019 Municipal Election, Las Cruces will be using Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) for any election with more than two Candidates. 

For more info on RCV, please see the website below:                                                                                   


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Election Watch 2019 as of 9/08/19                                   (Highlight indicates new info.)

Why Your Vote is So Important!!

Las Cruces 2015 Election Results (taken from the following website):


Mayor (2015 results from Page 44 of 296 pages on above report)

5,246               51.31%            Ken Miyagishima

1,596               15.61%            Eugenia Montoya Ortega

3,382               33.08%            Miguel G. Silva

10,224             100%

Councilor District 1 (2015 results from Page 45 of 296 pages on above report)

853                  46.61%            Eli Guzman

871                  47.6%              Kasandra Gandara (Won over Eli by 18 votes!)

106                    5.79%            Steven Calderazzo

1,830               100%

Councilor District 2 (2015 results from Page 46 of 296 pages on above report)

962                  54.29%            Greg Smith (Won over Philip by 152 votes!)

810                  45.71%            Philip VanVeen

1,772               100%

Councilor District 4 (2015 results from Page 47 of 296 pages on above report)

610                  43.14%            Richard A. Hall

621                  43.92%            Jack Eakman (Won over Rick by 11 Votes!)

183                  12.94%            Gilbert Vasquez

1,414               100%

According to Las Cruces City Councilor, Greg Smith, Voter turnout in Las Cruces is 10-20% (6/8/19 at RCV Training by Common Cause NM, at DAC Govt. Center).

Vote! Encourage others to vote too!

October 8th – Sample Ballot Available

Check your voting info, status, districts you can vote for, etc. at the “New Mexico Secretary of State’s Voter Services” website:



Enter your first and last name, birth date, select a county and click “I am not a robot.” Once you are verified not to be a robot, click on the “Search” button and your voter info will be listed.

To the left of your voter info will also be listed:

My Polling Location

My Sample Ballot

My Absentee Ballot Application and Ballot Tracker

My Voting History

My County Clerk

Doña Ana County Bureau of Elections    (Coordinates both City and County Elections)

You can register to vote or update your voter registration at the website below:


Also on this webpage, click on “Voting and VCCs” and scroll down past the map of Voting Convenience Centers (VCCs) to read about Absentee Voting (10/08/19-11/02/19), Early Voting (10/08/19-11/02/19), Provisional Voting along with Early and Election Day VCCs and times. Same day registration and voting” are also available 10/08/19-11/02/19 at the county clerk’s office and some alternate early voting locations.

Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office is in charge of the Las Cruces Municipal Elections

Please contact the Clerk’s Office with any questions:

845 N. Motel Blvd., Las Cruces, NM  88004

Phone:  575-647-7428, Fax:  575-527-9857 TDD:  575-525-5951

Email:  [email protected]

Website:  www.dacelections.com

Register to Vote Online!

Update Voter Registration or Register to Vote online at:

 www.dacelections.com or http://nmvote.org/

Same-Day Voter Registration

Tuesday, October 8 – Saturday, 11/02/19 at the following locations:

Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office, Dona Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd

Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main Street

Doña Ana County Community College, Sunland Park

Early Voting, Voting Convenience Centers (VCCs), Absentee Voting, Same Day Voting:  https://donaanacounty.org/elections/vcc

Early Voting at:

Dona Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd:

Dates: 10/08 – 10/11/19, Tuesday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

            10/15 – 10/18/19, Tuesday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

            10/21 – 10/25/19, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

            10/28 – 11/01/19, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

                         11/02/19, Saturday, 10am – 6pm

Early Voting at (all locations have the same days/times):

NMSU Corbett Center, 1600 International Mall:

Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main Street:

Sonoma Elementary School, 4201 Northrise Drive:

Dates:  10/19 -11/02/19 (Tuesdays – Saturdays only; closed Sundays and Mondays)

Hours:  11am – 7pm

Additional Early Voting Locations:

Anthony, Chaparral, Hatch and Sunland Park, NM all have EarlyVoting.

Check the website for details:  https://donaanacounty.org/elections/vcc


Election Day11/05/19, Tuesday, 7am – 7pm

Check the website for all Voting Convenience Centers (VCCs):



Branigan Library will no longer be a Voting Convenience Center (VCC) this Election.  You will be directed to Las Cruces City Hall.

Any Voters or Candidates who would like an additional explanation of Ranked Choice Voting, please contact [email protected] to receive a copy.

“We are only ONE Election away from: open borders, gun confiscation, mass immigration, full-term abortions and Socialism.”