Southeast New Mexico College Board of Trustees: Who are the candidates?

Candidates for the Southeast New Mexico College (SENMC) Board of Trustees have been announced and Carlsbad-area residents will have a new elected body to vote on this November.

New Mexico State University Carlsbad began the process of transitioning to SENMC in July. The transition allows the community to regain control of the college by creating avenues for the college to be managed locally. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed House Bill 212 during the 2021 regular legislative session, allowing the college to separate itself from the NMSU system.

Five district representatives will be elected to govern SENMC. The districts align with Carlsbad Municipal Schools. For example, voters within CMS District 1 will also be within SENMC District 1. 

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2. The transition is expected to be completed by fall 2022.