Seven vie for two school board seats

CNJ staff

Clovis residents will choose two school board members Tuesday and decide whether to prolong a property tax to fund maintenance and building in the school district.
Grady and Melrose will vote on board elections and a property tax. In Texico, board openings are uncontested and the property tax question will not be on the ballot.

In Clovis, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Deputy County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman said the election will use consolidated precincts, a change from November’s general election.

She said if voters are unsure in which district they reside, they should contact the county clerk’s office prior to leaving for the polls.

In District 1, which encompasses much of the city’s east side, five candidates will vie for the position currently held by 16-year member Ken Merritt. Those candidates are R. Max Best, Frank R. Muscato, Romardo (Mardo) Lopez, Bonnie Mendoza and Peter P. Zamie.

Two Candidates, Lola Bryant and Rube Render, will vie for District 2 in the city’s central portion. Bryant was appointed to the position by the board in May.

Voters in all five districts will decide on a mill levy that will impose a tax of $2 for every $1,000 of property to fund school capital improvements from 2005-2010.

In Clovis, the current fiscal year tax revenue is $741,348 with the state contributing at more than $482,000.

The levy is a continuation of a three-year levy passed in 2001. Property taxes would remain at current level if the levy is passed. If defeated, property taxes would be reduced.
According to statistics provided by Lyman on Friday afternoon, the final day of early voting, 182 of the 19,513 those registered had voted early.