Presidio County local races uncontested

PRESIDIO COUNTY – It’s ho hum for Presidio County voters in the November general election as all nine current county officeholders are unopposed.

The excitement was in the March Democratic Party primary election where candidates survived contested races with the county judge’s race going into a run-off election. No Republicans were on the local March party primary ballot.

County Judge Cinderela Guevara cruises into a second term in January 2019 but had to get by challengers Dina Jo Losoya-Marquez and Presidio Mayor John Ferguson in the primary and Ferguson in a subsequent run-off.

Two officeholders are for unexpired terms, County Tax Assessor-Collector and County Commissioner Precinct 3, which are currently held by Natalia G. Williams and Jose Cabezuela respectively. Last year, Lorenzo Hernandez, who had previously held the County Commissioner’s seat resigned after he was arrested on federal bribery charges for receiving a $19,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent to secure a county contract. Cabezuela would run in a primary, and head to a runoff where he won by one vote to secure the seat of Hernandez’s unexpired term.

Williams assumed the position of County Tax Assessor-Collector after Norma Arroyo resigned from the position in July of 2017.

Unopposed and cruising into another four years of office are District and County Clerk Virginia “Virgie” Pallarez, County Treasurer Frances Garcia, County Commissioner Precinct 2 Eloy Aranda, County Commissioner Precinct 4 Frank “Buddy” Knight, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 David W. Beebe, and Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Juanita Urias Bishop.