2018 elections guide to Taos Ski Valley


A handful of seats are up for election in Taos Ski Valley, the small municipality that's home to fewer than 15 village employees, about 70 full-timers and one of the biggest economic engines - the ski resort - in Northern New Mexico.

The TSV is dealing with the driest winter in years, a condition impacting its economy and mountain environment now and likely for months to come. 

Three people have filed to run for mayor, which comes with a four-year term. Neal King, the incumbent who has served four stints, is joined in the race by political newcomer Renato Frimm and sitting councilor Christof Brownell.

King has a background in the computer industry but has served in Taos Ski Valley as mayor for three terms. Christof Brownell, the son of the late Tom Brownell (who built the Brownell Chalet), is a musician and sitting village councilor. Renato Frimm has no political experience but comes to the race with an academic and professional background in economics.

In the race for two open councilor positions, four people are vying for victory. Jay Christopher Stagg, an incumbent on the council who has also served as mayor for one term, is joined in the race by fellow incumbent by fellow incumbent Kathleen V. Bennett, who was first elected in 1998. Jeffrey Kern and Roger C. Pattison, both retired or semi-retired, are also seeking election to those two spots. While Pattinson has served on the council before, Kern has not.

Voting in the ski valley will be held at the Snakedance condominiums, 110 Sutton Place, Taos Ski Valley.

Read candidates' answers to questions asked by The Taos News in the individual profiles on the left-hand side of this page.