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Deadline To Declare Candidacy In APS Board Elections Approaches

Aug 20, 2019

It’s decision time for people hoping to get elected to leadership at the state’s largest public school district. Next Tuesday is the deadline to file for candidacy in the Albuquerque Public Schools’ board election.

Out of the seven APS board seats, three are up for election this November.  

There’s District 1, in the South Valley, which is currently represented by Yolanda Montoya-Cordova. District 2 stretches north and west of the river up to Rio Rancho and Corrales; Peggy Muller-Aragón holds that seat. District 4 is in southeast Albuquerque and represented by Barbara Petersen.

All three incumbents are running for re-election this fall.

The school board sets district policies, approves and oversees a $1.6 billion dollar budget, and makes decisions about the superintendents’ job. 

All candidates must file their paperwork with the Bernalillo County Clerk on Tuesday, August 27.

School board members are paid per diem on meeting days, but don’t receive other APS compensation.

New Mexico school board races are held separately from other elections and historically have low turnout. The last school board election two years ago drew less than seven percent of eligible voters.

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