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Candidate Information

Learn how to become a school board member candidate and the associated requirements.

File a Declaration of Candidacy

Submit a Declaration of Candidacy with the County Clerk on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Instructions to File

  • File in-person at the Bernalillo County Alvarado Square Commission Chambers, 415 Silver Ave. SW, 1st floor, from the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
  • The County Clerk's Office will not accept candidate filing forms early or late.

Contact for Questions

For more information, contact the County Clerk's Bureau of Elections Administrator:

Bernalillo County Clerk's Office

Jaime Diaz, Deputy Clerk
Phone: (505) 243-8683

Nathan Jaramillo,
Bureau of Elections Administrator
Phone: (505) 243-8683

Board Member Candidate Requirements

The next election for APS school board members will be in 2021 for districts 3, 5, 6, and 7. Anyone filing as a candidate for a school board member position must meet the following criteria and commitments.

Legal Qualifications

  • Be a registered voter.
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Not be a convicted felon.
  • An employee with Albuquerque Public Schools who has filed as a candidate for a school board member position and is elected to that position must resign as an employee to serve on the Board of Education (see APS Board of Education Policy GB12 and New Mexico State Statute 22-5-5).
  • Physical Residence Requirements:
    • Physically reside in the school board district for which the individual is a candidate.
    • Physically reside in the school board district to be represented at the time the APS Board of Education votes on the proclamation acknowledging the upcoming election. 
      • This proclamation was approved by the APS Board of Education on May 19, 2021.
      • School board candidates must reside in the school board district for which they are running before the proclamation is approved.
      • Check with APS Board of Education Services at (505) 880-3729 or to find out the exact date when the proclamation will be scheduled on an APS Board of Education agenda.


In addition to the legal qualifications for school board member candidates, elected members of the APS Board of Education must commit to:

  • Completion of the APS Questionnaire (doc).
  • Two regular board meetings per month.
  • Special board meetings when called (usually two per month).
  • Additional meetings such as executive meetings, briefings, and others as needed.
  • Regularly scheduled board committee meetings per month: Policy and Instruction; Finance; Audit; District Equity and Inclusion, and Capital Outlay, and Property and Technology.
    • Contact the APS Board of Education office at (505) 880-3729 or to find out the exact schedules of meetings.
  • Professional training.
  • Other considerations as circumstances warrant.
  • Per diem for regular, special and committee meetings; possible mileage if meetings are held 35 miles from APS Headquarters (Board Per Diem and Mileage Procedural Directive).
  • No other APS compensation.

For more information, services, and resources, please visit the NMSBA (New Mexico School Boards Association) site.

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Contact the New Mexico Secretary of State's Elections Bureau and Ethics Division for more information: 

New Mexico Secretary of State/Elections Bureau and Ethics Division
New Mexico Capitol Annex North
325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: (505) 827-3600
Toll-Free: 1-800-477-3632