The Leadership Roswell Alumni Association will have asked questions of 320 candidates seeking 155 positions once it completes its 29th candidate forum this month.
The LRAA, a non-partisan group, will hold a forum for all area candidates running in a contested primary race, at First Baptist Church, 500 N. Pennsylvania Ave., May 14, at 6:30 p.m. The forum is co-sponsored with the Roswell Daily Record.
The primary election will be held June 5. Early voting begins May 19. The LRAA plans to conduct a forum in the fall for the general election, which will include statewide positions.
Eleven area hopefuls seeking six contested positions have indicated that they will be attending the forum. Fire Chief Chad Hamill, R-Hagerman, who is running for the state Senate District 32 seat, is the only individual who has yet to respond. He is running against farmer Cliff Pirtle, R-Roswell. The winner will face Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, D-Roswell, in the general election.
Reps. Dennis Kintigh, R-Roswell, and Bob Wooley, R-Roswell, who are competing for the state House District 66 seat, will be present. Wooley is the incumbent for the seat. Kintigh is the incumbent for former District 57. The winner will be unopposed in November.
Republican judges Lisa Riley and Les Williams, who are running for the position of 5th Judicial District Court judge, Division 9, will be present. Riley was appointed to the position by Gov. Susana Martinez in August. Under state law, after appointment, judges must be placed on the ballot to go before the voters in the next election. The winner will be unopposed in November.
Incumbent District Attorney Janetta Hicks and Janet Ellis, who served as a prosecutor under former District Attorney Tom Rutledge, both Republicans, who are running for district attorney in the 5th Judicial District, will be present. The winner will be unopposed in the general election.
City Clerk Dave Kunko and Bureau of Elections Chief Stephanie De Los Santos Amaro, both Republicans, are running for Chaves County Clerk. The winner will be unopposed in the general election.
Robert Corn, a retired county magistrate judge, Mike Kakuska, Roswell Independent School District’s assistant superintendent of human resources, both Republicans, and Democrat Magil Duran, a retired state employee, who are running for the only contested County Commission seat, District 4, will be present. The winner will be unopposed in November.
Rick Kraft, who will serve as moderator, said the night will serve as a forum as opposed to a debate. Candidates running for the same position will be asked the same questions. The candidates, who are unware of the questions ahead of time, will then direct their answers back to Kraft and the public.
The questions are generated from a committee of the LRAA board, of which Royce Braggs is chairman. Each candidate will have three minutes for an opening, a minute and a half for each of five questions, and two minutes for closing.
The forum will be rebroadcast in the weeks after the forum, but the dates and times have not yet been determined.