LCPS: Progressive Voter Guide

2017 Las Cruces Public School Board Elections

This year Las Cruces School Board Districts 1, 2, and 3 are up for election. You can see your district below in the maps.

Early voting at the Dona Ana County Government Complex is underway

Election day is Tuesday, February 7 and you can vote at any of these voting convenience centers:

Jornada Elementary

3400 Elks Dr

Mayfield High School

1955 N. Valley Drive

Thomas Branigan Library

200 E. Picacho

Doña Ana County Government Bldg

845 N. Motel Blvd., Room 111

Lynn Middle School

950 S. Walnut

Tombaugh Elementary

School

226 Carver Road

Las Alturas Fire Station

4145 Cholla Road

Hillrise Elementary School

1400 South Curnett St

University Hills Elementary

School

2005 S. Locust St

District 1

Ray Jaramillo

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Endorsements:

  • National Educators Association- Las Cruces
  • Equality New Mexico
  • Progressive Champions PAC (ProgressNow NM)

Occupation: Educator / Director of Alpha School

Facebook: Jaramillo 4 LCPS

Website: None

About: Parent of 2 children currently enrolled in LCPS schools. Over 20-year veteran teacher and early childhood educator. Has been an active advocate for children and education at local and state levels.  He formerly served as president of the Southern NM Association for the Education of Young Children and as a member of the New Mexico Early Learning Advisory Council and the New Mexico Child Care and Education Task Force.

He was the 2005 recipient of the Friend of the Young Child award, presented by
the Las Cruces Association for the Education of Young Children and currently is Director of Alpha School, a nationally accredited child care center.


District 2

Terrie Dallman

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Endorsements:

  • National Education Association- Las Cruces
  • Equality New Mexico
  • Progressive Champions PAC (ProgressNow NM)

Occupation: Educator

Facebook: Terrie Dallman for Las Cruces School Board 

Website: http://www.terriedallman4lcps.com

About: Terri Dallman is a recently retired bilingual teacher of 17 years. She has two daughters who went through and graduated from LCPS schools and has a grandson currently in LCPS.

Ronald James Fitzherbert

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Endorsements: None reported

Occupation: Non-profit and emergency management

Facebook: None

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronfitz 

About: Ronald Fitzherbert has been a compliance officer for St. Lukes Healthcare Clinic since August of 2016. He also founded a design company that focuses on “reclaimed and repurposed materials.”

Allison K Smith

Progressive Champions recommends voters vote against
this candidate (see her position on labor and living wage below)

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Endorsements: None reported

Occupation:

  • Lobbyist, NM Restaurant Association
  • Board member, NM Association of Commerce and Industry
  • Board member, Jardin de los Ninos

Facebook: Allison K Smith for LC School Board

Website: http://www.aksmith-lcpsdistrict2.com

About: Allison Smith is a graduate of Las Cruces High School and New Mexico State University.

As the lobbyist for the NM Restaurant Association, she organized opposition to minimum wage ordinances in Las Cruces and lobbied the state legislature for state laws to preempt and overturn local labor laws.

As a board member leading the NM Association of Commerce and Industry, she helped the organization actively push anti-worker ‘Right to Work’ legislation which would undermine the ability of local workers to organize for fair wages and workplace standards.  That bill would also eliminate the ability of educators to form a union, an important tool for speaking out against harmful classroom policies.

She is the daughter of New Mexico Senator Mary K Papen and is married to Las Cruces Mayor Pro Tem Greg Smith. She has owned small businesses and worked as a consultant for 22 years.

Charles R Wendler

**Has officially withdrawn from race but name will appear on ballot**

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District 3

Maria A Flores (Incumbent)

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Endorsements:

  • National Educators Association – Las Cruces
  • Equality New Mexico
  • Progressive Champions PAC (ProgressNow NM)

Occupation: Educator

Facebook: Maria Flores for LCPS School Board, District 3

Website: http://www.mariaflores4lcps.com

About: Maria Flores level 3-a bilingual educator for 17 years. As the chair of the LCPS board for two years, she has advocated strongly for teachers, parents, and children. She is the only candidate in her race to have educational experience.

Mary Lou Barrio

**Has officially withdrawn from race but name will appear on ballot**

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Wanda R. Bowman

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Endorsements: None Reported

Occupation: Business owner

Facebook: Wanda Bowman District 3 School Board

Website: none found

About: Wanda Bowman owns a furniture store franchise in Las Cruces.

Gerald Michael Miller

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Endorsements: None reported

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