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Update 8-28-23

Tuesday is the filing date for anyone interested in participating in the upcoming Nov. 7 municipal election. All local elections, including this one, are now handled by the Eddy County Bureau of Elections. Candidate filing will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the Eddy County Clerk’s Office, 323 S. Main Street.
Carlsbad municipal elections on this year’s ballot will be four city council positions (one in each ward), municipal judge and mayor. For more information, please contact the Bureau of Elections at (575) 885-3383.
Additionally, in Loving, there will be an election for mayor, judge and two councilor positions. Carlsbad Public Schools will hold elections for two board member positions, and Southeast New Mexico College will have one opening. Finally, the Carlsbad Soil and Water Conservation District will have three-district supervisor positions open.
Candidates may also declare themselves as a write-in candidate on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at the County Clerk’s Office. Election Day voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 7, while absentee voting begins Oct. 10 and early voting begins Oct. 21.
Local elections, such as school board and city council, have an incredible impact on our day-to-day lives. We thank all of the candidates who express an interest in running this week.
Congratulations to the Carlsbad Cavemen football team, who won a commanding 27-19 Homecoming win over Goddard on Friday night. Unfortunately, another incident-taking place near the game wound up causing a great deal of concern. Shortly after halftime, a police officer near the game reported hearing the sound of gunshots south of the Carlsbad High School student parking area near the intersection of West Church and North 10th Street. Many attendees at the game, in particular those who were behind the bleachers at the time of the incident, fled through the northwest gate of Ralph Bowyer Cavemen Stadium.
A preliminary investigation determined that this incident did not occur on school property, but officers were placed on high alert due to the proximity to the school. School officials, in cooperation with the Carlsbad Police Department, ultimately decided to cancel the Homecoming dance, which was scheduled for later that night. A criminal investigation into this issue is ongoing. Anyone with information should call the Carlsbad Police Department at (575) 885-2111 ext. 0 or Detective Tim Nyce at (575) 885-211 ext. 22.
We share the concern being expressed by many parents over a dangerous incident reportedly taking place close to a crowded football game. We will certainly continue to work with the Carlsbad Police Department and Carlsbad Public Schools on ways to improve upon security.
Sincerely, Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway

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