District 6 candidates prepare for Tuesday election
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Las Cruces voters will decide on three city council seat and a municipal judge Tuesday.
District 3, 5, and 6 are all contested races with the District 6 incumbent, Mayor Pro Tem Sharon Thomas not seeking reelection.
"Las Cruces is a great city and I've had a great time the last six years," Thomas said as she received an award for her work during Monday's city council meeting.
With Thomas not seeking reelection, Curtis Rosemond, Ceil Levatino and J. Mark Cobb are all vying for her seat.
Cobb has lived in Las Cruces the last nine years and said his experience working as a financial advisor and previously as a realtor will help him make decisions that would benefit the city's economy.
"The years I've had in financial advising would help the city, because the city just like individuals has assets to be managed," he said.
Cobb's opponent, Ceil Levatino, a resident of Las Cruces for 11 years and currently a realtor touts her work as well for helping her learn about the issues in the district and city.
"There are some areas that are in desperate need of road maintenance, there are areas that need street lights and there are areas that need sidewalks," Levatino said.
District 6 is a fast growing part of town and both Levatino and Cobb feel there should be a strong correlation between commercial and residential development.
Where the candidates disagree is on the three-eighths of a percent gross receipts tax increase passed by council earlier this year.
"This is true double dipping and this is a true money grab and what really concerns me is that on July 30th the citizens of Las Cruces and Dona Ana County voted down a tax increase," Levatino said.
Council voted for the increase after the state will cut funding to the hold harmless act which reimburses the city for not charging tax on medicine or food.
While Levatino is completely opposed, Cobb said he understands why the council voted for the increase but would have preferred a smaller gradual increase.
"I believe I would have been remiss as a financial advisor to just reject it because we wouldn't have any method of replacing those funds," Cobb said.
The third candidate for District 6, Curtis Rosemond, did not return phone calls by deadline.
Only people living in District 3, 5 and 6 can vote for council and all residents in Las Cruces can vote for municipal judge.
The city will have 12 voting convenience centers within city limits tomorrow starting at 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
1. Branigan Library - 200 E. Picacho Ave.
2. Doña Ana County Government Center - 845 N.
3. East Mesa Recreation Center - 5589 Porter Dr.
4. Frank O’Brien Papen Center (Formerly Mesilla
Park Recreation Center) - 304 W. Bell Ave.
5. Good Samaritan - 3011 Buena Vida Cir.
6. Grace Covenant Church - 3111 N. Main St.
7. Henry Benavidez Center - 1045 McClure St.
8. Meerscheidt Recreation Center - 1600 E.
9. Doña Ana Community College-East Mesa
Branch - 2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd.
10. Munson Senior Center - 975 S. Mesquite St.
11. Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New
Mexico - 4441 E. Lohman Ave.
12. Telshor/Missouri Fire Station - 2802 E.