Though it is a small municipality tucked into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Red River has a lot of activity throughout both the summer and winter, even in ski seasons like this one with historically low levels of snow. The town's municipal government elections will be held March 6.
In the race for mayor, Linda H. Calhoun, is seeking a fourth term against challenger Courtney D. Henderson. Though municipal elections in Red River are non-partisan, Henderson is a registered Democrat running in a town where, in 2016, about 300 voters cast their ballots for Donald Trump by a two-to-one margin. (Henderson told The Taos News he's a lifelong Republican but switched registration to vote in the 2014 primaries for sheriff, a crowded field of Democrats). Calhoun's primary work is real estate, while Henderson is the owner of the town's Best Western.
Two at-large council seats are up for grabs. Ronald Steve Cherry, who was first elected to his position in 2014, will run again. He faces off against Jeffery N. Brown, who resigned from the Red River council during a second term in 2014; he declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding the resignation. Sloan Covington is running as a write-in candidate, meaning his name will not appear on the ballot. Incumbent Ben Richey is not running for reelection.
Polls for the March 6 election in Red River will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at council chambers, 101 West River Street, Red River.