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Meet the Mesa Vista School Board Candidates

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Early voting for school districts has begun and will run until Nov. 2. Voting sites, dates and times can be found at the Rio Arriba County website.

 

 

Kisha Maestas

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Kisha Maestas

Running for: Position 1 (Incumbent)

Age: 45

Occupation: Stay-at-home mom

Education: Bachelor’s Degree, University of Phoenix

Lives in: Ojo Caliente

What do you think is the most pressing issue facing Mesa Vista schools?

“Organizing the budget to align with the needs of the school.”

How do you think Albert Martinez has done as superintendent?

“He hasn’t been there long, but he’s been an excellent superintendent. He makes great decisions.”

How does your background make you qualified for this position?

“My degree is in management, so I understand the budget and the programs.”

 

Brandi Darby, candidate for Position 1, did not respond to multiple phone calls and emails seeking comment for a profile.

 

Cindy Archuleta

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Cindy Archuleta

Running for: Position 2 (Incumbent)

Age: 48

Occupation: Caseworker at Santa Fe County Department of Corrections

Education: Graduated from Española Valley High School

Lives in: La Madera

What do you think is the most pressing issue facing Mesa Vista schools?

“Paying off bills from the old superintendent. We have a new administration building and we still need to pay off the debt.”

How do you think Albert Martinez has done as superintendent?

“Awesome. I think he’s doing a really good job. He knows everything that’s going on and he’s at the schools a lot.”

How does your background make you qualified for this position?

“Being a parent at the school. I know all the people that are there in the community and I know all the people in the school.”

 

Anthony Vigil

Running for: Position 2

Age: 18

Occupation: Full-time student at the University of New Mexico

Education: Graduated from Mesa Vista High School

Lives in: El Rito

What do you think is the most pressing issue facing Mesa Vista schools?

“The constant turnover in administration. We’re not able to set a solid foundation with the amount of administrators we’re going through.”

How do you think Albert Martinez has done as superintendent?

“He’s only been superintendent for a short amount of time. I would like to allow him more time to make change.”

How does your background make you qualified for this position?

“I held several leadership positions in high school. I know a great variety of the students currently at Mesa Vista, so I would be approachable for the student body and someone they feel comfortable saying their concerns to.”

 

Margaret Alire

Running for: Position 3

Age: 54 

Occupation: Quality assurance specialist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, retired school counselor and National Guard

Education: Master’s Degree, New Mexico Highlands University

Lives in: Vallecitos

What do you think is the most pressing issue facing Mesa Vista schools?

“The most pressing one I believe is a shortage of teachers. From what I understand, they can’t find any teachers.”

How do you think Albert Martinez has done as superintendent?

“What I do know of him is he communicates and informs the parents. When I addressed him with my concerns, he immediately attended to them.”

How does your background make you qualified for this position?

“I have 24 years in education, so I have insight into what goes on into the school system. I know what the needs are.”

 

John Garcia

Running for: Position 3 (Incumbent)

Age: 52

Occupation: Plumber

Education: Graduated from McCurdy High School

Lives in: Ojo Caliente

What do you think is the most pressing issue facing Mesa Vista schools?

“There’s lots of things. Never enough money. Our schools are getting smaller and smaller, and as they get smaller we lose funding.”

How do you think Albert Martinez has done as superintendent?

“He’s a straight arrow. He follows policy and he does his job.”

How does your background make you qualified for this position?

“It doesn’t. The majority of school board members are not educators. I have made an effort to educate myself.”

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