Four city seats up for grabs

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer

Two-term Clovis City Commissioner Kevin Duncan said last week he won’t run for re-election, while five-term Commissioner Isidro Garcia said he will.

Two other commissioners up for re-election in March said they are undecided on their future plans.

Commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution calling for a regular municipal election to be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 7. Commissioners for districts one, two, three and four will be on the ballot. The commissioner positions are four-year terms.

City Clerk Leighann Melancon said interested parties can declare their candidacy from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 10. The clerk stressed this is the only time candidacy will be accepted. All candidates must file a Declaration of Candidacy form and a certified copy of their voter registration showing their current address.

Duncan, the mayor pro tem, said politics may be in his future but he won’t run for re-election as the commissioner in District Four.

“I may run for probate judge,” Duncan said, “but I am definitely not running for commissioner again.”

Duncan, who served for eight years, said improving wages and retaining young people in Clovis were his main goals during office. He added he has the most pride in watching the civic center near completion.

“I fought hard to have the civic center built in Clovis,” Duncan said.

“I’m not saying politics isn’t in my future,” Duncan said. “But it is time for me to step back and regroup.”

Garcia, who is ending his fifth term as city commissioner for District Three, said he would like to return.

He said he’s especially enjoyed the last four years.

“It’s been good,” Garcia said. “We have accomplished a lot.”

Garcia said he feels his constituents have always supported him. He added his biggest accomplishment was fighting to guarantee the construction was completed on West Seventh Street.

Juan Garza Sr. has represented District One for the last four years and said he is unsure if he will seek the commissioner position again.

“I have a month to decide,” Garza said. “I’m about to become a grandparent for the fourth time, so I want to take that into consideration.”

Garza said his main agenda when becoming an elected official was to improve economic development. “I feel like Clovis has experienced good growth in the community,” Garza said.

When asked to sum up the last four years, Garza said it was interesting but stressful. “I feel like I had a good working relationship with my fellow commissioners,” Garza said. “I am 75 percent sure I will run again.”

Commissioner Catherine Haynes has represented District Two for the last four years. Haynes said being a commissioner took more time than she expected, but she enjoyed working with the other commissioners.

“Even (when) we disagreed,” Haynes said, “we always had a lot of respect for each other.”

Haynes said she spent her term trying to improve recreational facilities in the city. She said she is undecided as to whether or not she will seek office again.