Pecos Mayor Telesfor Benavidez faces challenger Jennifer Guhl in the Nov. 2 General Election.

Both are Democrats. The mayor is paid $4,700 annually.

A disabled veteran, Benavidez, 61, is seeking a second, four-year term.

Guhl, 46, works for the state of New Mexico and is between jobs. She will be a project administrator for the department of General Services and previously worked as a violent death data abstractor, keeping track of all murders and suicides in New Mexico for the Center for Disease Control.

Benavidez is running because he wants to help complete unfinished projects, including cleaning up sewer ponds left behind after the new sewer system was installed and trying to get money from the state to replace aging waterlines.

“We’re still running some asbestos water lines,” he said. “Those lines have been crumbling on us.”

During his first term, the village went from charging a flat rate for water to charging based on water usage.

“We had people using thousands and thousands of gallons for a flat rate,” Benavidez said.

Guhl believes the biggest issue Pecos is facing is water.

“I believe the current mayor did everything he could to the best of his ability,” she said. “I thought I would be able to help a little more. I figure if I’m not part of the solution, I’m part of the problem.”

Guhl said the water lines, which she believes are more than 60 years old, keep breaking.

“But instead of replacing them, we keep putting a Band-Aid on,” she said.

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