Albuquerque Public Schools: District 5


APS District 5

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Registered as: screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-10-33-06-am Democrat


  • Albuquerque Teachers Federation
  • Albuquerque Educational Assistants Association
  • Albuquerque Secretarial Clerical Association
  • New Mexico Central Labor Council AFL-CIO
  • Progress Now New Mexico
  • Equality New Mexico

Occupation: Retired

Facebook: Candelaria “Candy” Patterson


About: Candy Patterson worked in the New Mexico Human Services Department and has a long history of community involvement, including a current membership on the APS Equity and Engagement Council.  She lists supporting early childhood education and keeping budget cuts away from the classroom as top priorities if elected.

Read her APS candidate questionnaire: Candelaria “Candy” Patterson Questionnaire

Racheal M. Gonzales

Registered as:screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-10-33-06-am Democrat

Endorsements: None reported

Occupation: Human Resources

Facebook: Racheal Gonzales for APS District 5


About: Racheal Gonzales says she is running for office because she believes she can “make a difference in the APS community.”

Read her APS candidate questionnaire: Racheal M. Gonzales Questionnaire

Kayla Renee Marshall


Registered as: screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-10-33-01-am Republican

Endorsements: None reported

Occupation: Accounting and Human Resources

Facebook: Marshall for School Board

Website: No

About: Kayla Marshall currently works in accounting and human resources, but also has a background in computer engineering.  She lists increased graduation rates as her top priority on her Facebook page.  Her campaign is managed by an active member of the Tea Party.  A campaign mailer from Marshall focuses the district’s bathroom policy, calling it “a harmful policy that allows students of different biological sex to share bathrooms and locker rooms.”

Read her APS candidate questionnaire: Kayla Renee Marshall Questionnaire

Annie Sarah Bell Rahman


Registered as: screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-10-33-06-am Democrat

Endorsements: None reported

Occupation: Retired

Facebook: Annie Sarah Bell Rahman

Website: No

About: Annie Sarah Bell Rahman is a former teacher and principal who has been involved in many community outreach efforts including serving on the Citizen Advisory Council and as a soccer and little league coach for the Westgate Heights community.  She lists stopping the school-to-prison pipeline and creating a safe space for all students as top priorities.

Read her APS candidate questionnaire: Annie Sarah Bell Rahman Questionnaire