Portales residents elect first female mayor

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By David Stevens: FNM Editor Portales has its first female mayor. Sharon King, executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce but a political newcomer, picked up 32 percent of the vote Tuesday, edging three competitors. She said she had “no idea” why voters chose her over Steve Davis, Gary Watkins and Dennis Lopez, […]

Mayoral candidate profile: Gary Watkins

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Name: Gary Watkins Birth date: Feb. 7, 1955 Profession: Retired from Portales fire department Years in Portales: Life If you’d like to ask him some questions: 760-8962 or shortman103@hotmail.com

Mayoral candidate profile: Sharon King

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Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of four candidate profiles in the Portales mayoral race. Elections are Tuesday, March 2.

Mayoral candidate profile: Steve Davis

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of four candidate profiles in the Portales mayoral race. Steve Davis: Today Sharon King: Wednesday Dennis Lopez: Thursday Gary Watkins: Friday

Councilman Watkins announces Mayoral bid

City Councilman Gary Watkins is running for mayor of Portales. The 54 year-old Portales born native is serving his third term as Ward B councilman. He worked with the Fire Department for 25 years before retiring in 1999. In announcing his candidacy Thursday, Watkins said because he is retired he believes he can put forth […]