City of Las Vegas voters will have the chance to make their voices heard on Tuesday, March 1, during the municipal election.
There are three city council positions up for grabs during the election, as well as the municipal judge position and 19 proposed amendments to the city’s charter.
In Ward 1, incumbent David Ulibarri faces opposition from Francisco Apodaca and Doris Gallegos.
Ulibarri has served on the council since 2016, when he was appointed by former mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron, who previously held that seat. He later won election in 2018 to maintain his position.
Apodaca most recently served as a member of the city’s charter commission, where he helped draft several of the changes that will also appear on the March 1 ballot for voters. He has served as the STEM Director at Luna Community College since 2015, and has over 30 years of experience in the public sector.
Gallegos retired after 25 years of service to the City of Las Vegas, and 14 years at New Mexico Highlands University. She has 39 years in the public sector. She attended New Mexico Highlands University.
In Ward 3, incumbent Elaine Rodriquez faces opposition from Barbara Perea-Casey.
Rodriquez, who was appointed to the position by Mayor Louie Trujillo in 2020 and currently serves as the chair of the History and Political Science Department at New Mexico Highlands University, is running for the first time.
Perea-Casey held the position of Ward 3 councilor from 2016-2020, when she unsuccessfully ran for mayor against Trujillo. She previously served in the state legislature and as superintendent of West Las Vegas Schools.
The Ward 3 position will only be a two-year term instead of the typical four years, as the election is being held due to Joseph Baca, who was elected in 2020, resigning from the position just months after taking his seat.
In Ward 4, incumbent David Romero is running unopposed. He was first elected to the council following a runoff election in 2018 and is currently Mayor Pro Tem for the city. He previously served on the West Las Vegas school board.
In the municipal judge race, incumbent Eddie Trujillo faces opposition from Patrick Torres.
Changes to the city charter will also be decided by all voters. The charter has not been revised in over a decade.
Among the potential changes voters will get to decide are:
• Should the city allow same-day voter registration?
• Should the city eliminate runoff elections for positions on the city council and the mayor, instead electing officers by a simple majority?
• Should the city remove the one-year limitation for advisory committees, allowing them to operate indefinitely?
• Should the city require the city charter to be reviewed at least every five years by either the governing body or a charter commission?
• Should the city add a fifth, at-large, city council member to represent residents across the city?
• Should the mayor be required to present two candidates for the positions of City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk and Chief of Police for review by the City Council, with the City Council being required to select from the Mayor’s two candidates for the respective positions?
• Should the city add two members to the Lodger’s Tax Board, increasing the board’s size to seven members?
• Should the city increase the compensation for the mayor and city council members to $20,000 to match the San Miguel County Commission?