Candidate Information

Candidate Forms

Declaration of Candidacy forms are available through the Secretary of State's website and can be found here.  Candidate filing day is August 29, 2023, and will occur at the Dona Ana County Clerk's Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you are not able to file in person, a Designation of Authorization form must be filed along with a Declaration of Candidacy form.

The Candidate Disclosure Form is due in the City Clerk's Office upon filing the Declaration of Candidacy with the Dona Ana County Clerk's Office.

Those individuals running for the Municipal Judge I position must provide a copy of current license to practice law in New Mexico and be a active member in good standing with the New Mexico State Bar Association.

Campaign Finance

The Campaign Finance Portal can be accessed here.  All candidates must designate a treasurer by filling out the Designation of Campaign Treasurer form.

Campaign Finance Filing Dates for 2023:

First report due date is September 26, 2023.

Second report due date is October 26, 2023.

Third report due date (or close out for nonelected officials) is December 7, 2023.

Six month report due date for elected officials is May 7, 2024.

2021 Candidate submissions can be viewed in this folder.

Fill the Close Out Affidavit when all campaign funds have been expended. This form should be notarized and turned into the City Clerk.

Information on the Rules

All City Codes, including those related to elections, can be searched and read on MuniCode. Particularly relevant are the sections on filing finance reports and political signs. Any violations related to signage can be reported to the LCPD Codes Enforcement at 575-528-4100

Regulations for Poll Watchers and Observers are regulated by New Mexico State Statute Section 1-2-29.

Las Cruces City Charter and current FY budget are both available online.

A map of the City Districts is available online.  A new district map was approved by Council in 2022.

Opt In Ordinance

Ranked Choice Voting Ordinance

Local Election Act Ordinance