Hear from your town council candidates

Staci Matlock
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 2/6/20

Taos voters will select two town councilors in the March 3 election.

Those selections are important in light of a multitude of challenges facing the town, from diversifying the economy to resolving an affordable housing crisis.

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Hear from your town council candidates

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Taos voters will select two town councilors in the March 3 election.

Those selections are important in light of a multitude of challenges facing the town, from diversifying the economy to resolving an affordable housing crisis.

Four men are campaigning for the two open seats. The two who receive the most votes will win.

Today (Feb. 6), Taos News is publishing profiles on the four candidates along with their answers to a series of questions the newspaper asked. In addition, Taos News is hosting a candidates' forum at the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative boardroom on Cruz Alta Road today, 6-7:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a meet and greet with candidates. It will be an opportunity to hear them talk about their experience, their goals and how they plan to tackle the big issues in Taos.

The forum will be livestreamed on the Taos News Facebook page and will be available for review later on the taosnews.com website.

The candidates are a group of native Taoseños.

Nathaniel Evans, a Taos Charter School math teacher, and Darien Fernandez, chairman of the Taos County Democratic Party, are the two incumbents. The challengers are Roger Martinez, a local artist, and Billy Romero, owner of Río Grande Propane.

Who will make the best councilors? The ones who know how to be transparent, who don't mind the messy business of involving the public in decisions, who can make tough choices about where and how best to spend taxpayer dollars for the common good and who have innovative ideas and a practical plan for how to reach their goals. Town councilors must have stamina to endure long meetings, an ability to speak up for what they believe and yet collaborate with their fellow councilors. They should show they do their homework and study the issues.

Take some time to attend and hear from the candidates at tonight's forum. If you can't be there in person, check out the livestream online.

Besides Taos, the Village of Taos Ski Valley also is holding a municipal election March 3.

Candidates running for two council seats are: Renato Frimm, Neal King, Ben Cook and incumbents Roger Pattison and Tom Wittman. The village is growing and so is the Taos Ski Valley resort. These councilors will be responsible for making decisions regarding a tiny village with a huge impact on Taos County. The Village of Taos Ski Valley will hold a candidates' forum Saturday (Feb. 15) from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Taos Tent.

Regardless of which candidate you choose in the March 3 election, do make time to vote between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. or drop by and vote early in these weeks leading up to the big day. The candidates will be the people making the decisions about the future of the towns you love.

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