Sixteen candidates are vying for five positions in the March 4 municipal election in Rio Rancho.

To have their names on the ballot, candidates had to file with the Rio Rancho City Clerk on Tuesday. By desired office, they are:


• R. Morgan Braden

• Greggory D. Hull

• Jim Owen

• Michael J. Williams

Municipal Judge:

• G. Robert Cook (incumbent)

• Jeffrey A. Goen

• Ramon M. Montano

City Council District 2:

• Sandra Jean Atwood

• Darlene D. Collins

• Dawnn Robinson

City Council District 3:

• Cheryl Ann Everett

• Tamara L. Gutierrez (incumbent)

City Council District 5:

• Thomas R. Buckner

• Timothy C. Crum (incumbent)

• Paul Joseph Howell

• Shelby Smith

The Observer plans to publish candidate questionnaires at a later date, and has scheduled a forum for city council and mayoral candidates for 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Cleveland High School Performing Arts Center.