The election polls for four Portales city council positions will open today but only City Councilman Mike Miller will face a challenger, Eddy Hiner, in Ward D, the southwest section of town.
Hiner, a Portales native and owner of Berkeley and Arizona Apartments, said he is opposed to taxpayer money spent to fund the Ute Water Project, while Miller said city officials need to continue researching the project as well as other options.
“I’ve been trying to visit with as many people as I can,” Miller said. “They are concerned with the water issue and that we continue to take the city in a positive direction.”
Hiner said a landfill in the Portales area is a priority instead of wasting city employee’s time hauling trash to Clovis.
Hiner said on Monday his campaign has gone well.
There are just under 3,000 registered voters in Ward D.
The other three wards are uncontested: City councilmen Alfred Bachicha of Ward A, Gary Watkins of Ward B and D.K. Shafer of Ward C are all running for another four-year term.
City Clerk Joann Martinez-Terry said the city has received 53 absentee votes for all wards. Voters in Ward D can vote at the Calvary Baptist Church.
“We’ve had light numbers,” Martinez-Terry said about the voting. “It may have something to do with the fact that some of the elections are uncontested.”
Martinez-Terry said the results will be in approximately an hour after the polls close. Miller will be in attendance at tonight’s city council meeting while the votes are being counted. The city council meeting begins at 7 p.m.
“It’ll be up to the people to vote when the polls open,” Miller said. “I’ve done everything I can do up to this point. People living in Ward D have a choice. I would appreciate their vote, but most importantly I stress that they come out and vote. We have that privilege as Americans to go vote.”
The towns of Floyd, Elida and Dora will also have city elections today, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Jack Manis and Don Field are running for 4-year terms for council in Dora. They are both incumbents and will be running unopposed.
There are three Elida residents running for two positions on the city’s Board of Trustees. Nancy Ward, Manuel Jasso and Gary Smith are running for 4-year terms. Ward and Jasso are the incumbents.
Colin Chandler is running, unopposed, for a 4-year term on Floyd’s town council.