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Local Election candidates gather for Thursday night forum

Outgoing Carlsbad City Councilor Jason Shirley speaks during a candidate forum on Oct. 14, 2021 in Carlsbad.

Candidates seeking office for Southeast New Mexico Community College Board, Carlsbad Municipal Schools Board of Education and Carlsbad City Council gathered for a candidate forum tonight at the Lucky Bull Restaurant.

5:46 p.m. Carlsbad Municipal Schools Board of Education candidates, SENM Community College Board candidates and Carlsbad City Council candidates gather for forum at the Lucky Bull Restaurant.

6 p.m. Forum has started with those seeking seats for the SENM Community College Board.

6:06 p.m. Candidates take opening questions. 

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Ned Elkins, Frances McCarthy, Cherry Frintz, David Rogers, William Murrill, Mark Cage and Doris Carleton are running for the Southeast New Mexico Community College Board.

William Murrill is absent from tonight’s forum. 

From left: Norbert Rempe, Francis McCarthy and Ned Elkins during a candidate forum Oct. 14, 2021 in Carlsbad.

Eddy County Sheriff Mark Cage said the college is important to him and that is why he is running for the College Board. 

Candidates are given one minute to answer a series of questions. 

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Cost of living and a fair wage for faculty and staff discussed.

CMS Board of Education candidates turn

From left: CMS Board of Education candidates Jason Burns, Tiffany Shirley and Thomas Hollis during a candidate forum on Oct. 24, 2021.

CMS Board of Education candidates now taking questions. Thomas Hollis, Tiffany Shirley, Jason Burns, Clancey McMillan and Simon Rubio are the candidates. 

Clancey McMillan and Jason Burns agree transparency is the best way to build trust.

“The relationship between the district and our teachers is needed,” McMillan said.

Rubio said school boards have to follow mandates from the State of New Mexico.

“That is something that has come down,” he said. 

Hollis said there is a lack of communication.

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“As a board we have to sit down with the teachers,” Hollis said. 

Candidates asked about critical race theory.

“History is important. We need to teach history accurately,” Shirley said.