Westmorland council race may have host of candidates

December 06, 2001|By MARIO RENTERIA, Staff Writer

WESTMORLAND — The last day for filing to run for City Council here is Friday and several residents appear to be looking to fill one short-term and three full-term seats.

The short-term seat will last two years. It had been held by Thomas Marquez, who resigned from the council after being called to "on-call" status in the Air Force reserve following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The four-year seats held by councilmen Rumaldo Marquez, John Makin and Mayor Henry Halcon also will be up for election.

Rumaldo Marquez stated during a council meeting he would not seek re-election. Makin and Halcon have said they will pursue re-election

City Clerk Sally Traylor said three people picked up applications for the short-term position: Victor Sanchez Jr., Thomas Landrum and Halcon.


Only Sanchez had filed the completed paperwork as of Wednesday.

Traylor said Landrum returned his papers and requested an application for the full-term seats. He had not filed the papers as of Wednesday night.

Traylor said five people have requested applications for the full-term seat but only two have filed their papers as of Wednesday, those being Martha Cruz and Makin. Henry Graham, Maria Olivas and Landrum are the others who have picked up applications for the full-term seat.

Traylor said if Rumaldo Marquez does not request an application for re-election, the full-term seats will get an extended filing period of five days.

>>Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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