Seven seek four seats in Alamosa

ALAMOSA — Alamosa City Clerk Holly Martinez on Tuesday verified candidates for the November 7 city council election. She confirmed that she has received the required documentation from seven candidates running for four positions up for election this year.

Two candidates are running for mayor — current Mayor Josef Lucero and Councilman Ty Coleman.

Two candidates are also running for the seats in Wards 2 and 4. In Ward 2, incumbent Kristina Daniel will face candidate David Broyles, and in Ward 4, incumbent Michael Stefano is being challenged by candidate Michael Carson.

Jan Vigil has no opposition in his re-election campaign to retain his at-large post on city council. Vigil said in his first run for council he was able to upset the former mayor and incumbent with his slogan “new face, new leadership,” and he would continue to provide that kind of fresh perspective to the council.

Lucero has served as mayor for four years and previously served as a city councilman. He grew up in Antonito and graduated from Adams State where he majored in biology and chemistry. After serving seven years in the military, Lucero settled in Alamosa where he opened Lucero’s Dental Arts, a dental lab. He and wife Lena have been married 46 years and have two children.

Coleman has served as an at-large city councilor since 2014 and is currently mayor pro tem. He is the assistant branch manager for Rio Grande Savings & Loan in Alamosa. He is also an author and motivational speaker, volunteer youth football coach, member of Communities that Care and Kiwanis and on the board of the SLV Development Resource Group and Alamosa Literacy Council.

Ward 2
Daniel was elected in 2015 to finish the previous councilor’s term. She is active in the community and has previously held board positions at the Children’s Garden Early Learning Center and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley. She was named Adams State University’s Exceptional New Alumna in 2015. She has earned two master’s degrees from Adams State University. She holds an MBA with an emphasis in public administration and a master’s degree in community counseling.

Broyles is a long-time resident of Alamosa and most recently was president and CEO of First Southwest Bank. He has served on a number of local boards including Development Resources Group Board, Alamosa Local Marketing District Board, Alamosa Chamber Development Corporation Board, Alamosa City Planning Commission, Boys Scouts of America, Windsor Hotel Advisory Board and Alamosa Boys and Girls Club Board.  

Ward 4
Stefano is a local businessman who has led efforts to address drug and other problems in his ward in the southern part of Alamosa. He has completed Colorado Municipal League training in municipal government and leadership through the MUNIversity program.

Carson is a lifetime resident of the San Luis Valley and has lived in Alamosa for more than 20 years. He is a database and network administrator and has worked in the IT and computer field for more than 15 years.

“Over the last few years I have seen many changes to our precious city and our uniquely wonderful San Luis Valley and I would love to be part of helping shape our city’s future,” he said.

Unopposed at-large Councilor Vigil is an Adams State graduate originally from Pueblo who is a coach and teacher in Center.