Democratic Primary

Socorro County Commissioner, District 3

John J. Aguilar

Age:  47

Current occupation (If retired, from what field): Manager @ A1 Quality Redi -Mix Inc.

Highest level of education: Socorro High School

What qualifications do you feel you possess that will enable you to fulfill the responsibilities of the elected office you are seeking?

I believe that my experience in the family business and dealing with the public on a day-to-day basis is an asset for this position. I’ve learned to listen before you speak,  listen to all sides of the issue and keep a positive mindset. I hope to utilize my knowledge and background in management and infrastructure development to better help the people of Socorro County.

What do you hope to accomplish if elected?

To work with the fellow commissioners in addressing problems in the county and try and find the best solutions for these problems.  To be a positive voice for our county.

What are the most important challenges facing the community,  and how do you propose to address them?

There are some severe challenges facing this community from economic underdevelopment to the fentanyl epidemic,  lack of law enforcement officers and infrastructure issues.

The best way to address these issues, I feel is to acknowledge and then work within the constituency and community leaders to gather input and find solutions that are practical and productive and are conducive to the needs of the citizens.

Aguilar is the only candidate for District 3 Commissioner and is running as a Democrat. Incumbent Manuel Anaya is not running for reelection.

Socorro County Commissioner, District 1

Joe Gonzales

Joe Gonzales is running unopposed for Socorro County Commissioner District 1. Gonzales is the incumbent and will be in the Democratic primary. He did not respond to the questionnaire.

The primary elections will be June 7. Early voting has already begun.

Also on the ballot will be candidates for Socorro County Sheriff. Check out the May 12 paper for an introduction to the three candidates: Lee Armijo, Casey Spurgin and Demecio Silva. Spurgin and Armijo will face off in the Republican primary. Silva will run against the Republican primary winner in the general election.

Also in the Republican primary, Julie Griego is running unopposed for Socorro County Assessor.

Also in the Democratic primary: Roscoe Woods is running unopposed for District Court Judge in the Seventh Judicial District, Division 2; Felix William Saavedra is running unopposed for Magistrate Judge; two candidates will face off in the Democratic Primary for Probate Judge: Dawn Weaver and Gilbert Peralta.