Citizens vote to ban dual commission service

CNJ staff

Clovis citizens overwhelmingly approved a ban on dual commission service, rejecting the process by more than a 4-to-1 margin.

In all, 3,742 voted for adding Section 2-6 to the Clovis City Charter, with 784 voting against changing the charter.

The section will read, “No elected officer of the City shall be an elected officer of any county of the state of New Mexico while in office, except a person who on March 15, 2012, is both an elected officer of the city and an elected officer of a county of the state of New Mexico, may complete the existing term of county office.”

Similar bans exist in the Albuquerque and Las Cruces city charters.

Two city commissioners, Bobby Sandoval in District 3 and Dan Stoddard in District 4, also hold seats on the Curry County Commission.

Stoddard has two years remaining on his city term and is up for re-election for his county commission seat. Stoddard can run for the county commission, but would be required to give up one of the offices if he wins re-election. If Stoddard resigned his city commission seat, the remaining commission body would be required to appoint another citizen to fill the vacancy within 30 days.

Stoddard said during the election season that he would wait until the citizens weighed in to make a decision on a commission choice. Attempts to contact Stoddard on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Sandoval, who ran unopposed in District 3, will not be affected by the vote. He is term-limited with the county commission, and has said he would not run for a county office again.