Former senator to join race

Staff and wire reports

A former state senator and magistrate judge is planning to run for a county commission seat.

Caleb Chandler, a 12-year state senator and and 12-year magistrate judge said he will be running for District 5 Commissioner Tim Ashley’s seat in the Curry County Commission.

“I think it’s going to be a real exciting time to be a county commissioner,” said Chandler, 65, who also served as Clovis’ police chief for nine years.
“During the next eight years, I think Curry County’s future is looking really bright right now.”

Ashley has reached the two-term limit of the county commissioner position. Elected county officials may serve up to two four-year terms, according to County Clerk Mario Trujillo.

Rancher Wendell Bostwick also plans to run for a commissioner’s seat.

The candidate signup date is March 18.

Party primaries are June 3 and the general election is Nov. 4.