Second Candidates Forum hosted by Taos United

February 6 question and answer forum with Town of Taos mayoral and council candidates


On Tuesday, Feb. 6, Taos United hosted a second question-and-answer forum for the Town of Taos mayoral and council candidates. The public event was held at Bataan Hall (University of New Mexico-Taos) on Civic Plaza Drive. Approximately 200 people attended in person. The event was also livestreamed at

The mayoral candidates are Dan Barrone and Darien Fernandez. The council candidates are Melanie Baca, Judith Cantu, Andrew Gonzales, Fritz Hahn, Sarah Lopez, Pascualito Maestas, and Michael Santistevan.

Taos United describe themselves as "a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizens' organization dedicated to solving local problems that affect us all." Stan Riveles, Taos United member, moderated the questions with the mayoral candidates. Rose Gordon, a community member of 48 years, moderated the council candidates' questions.

Prior to the start of the event, Dan Pritchard, one of the founders of Taos United, said, "The purpose of this forum is to enhance and expand upon what the results were from the last one. There'll be complementary questions and more in-depth answers now that the candidates have had a chance to think about the questions. We might hear some different perspectives."

At this forum, audience participants submitted questions to the candidates by completing a question card. Additionally, Taos United provided ten questions to the candidates in advance –– which were answered in advance with a 'would' or 'would not' response.