On Tuesday, multiple municipalities in New Mexico held elections to determine the fate of many cities across the state that did not opt into the regular local election. Here are some results from closely watched municipal elections:
Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull, a Republican, soundly defeated far-left challenger Barbara Ann Jordan, who has focused her campaign on race. Despite her endorsements from Sen. Martin Heinrich, Congresswoman Melanie Stansbury, pro-abortion group EMILY’s List, Planned Parenthood, and others, Jordan fell short by around 38%, with Hull garnering 68% of the vote to Jordan’s 30%, according to unofficial election results. This will be Hull’s third term in the office.
“I am humbled by the overwhelming support we received tonight to keep Rio Rancho on a Roll!” wrote Hull.
A three-way contest for the District 3 City Council seat held by incumbent conservative Bob Tyler will go to a runoff. Tyler garnered 47% of the vote, with Joshua Antonio Jones getting 29%, and Clyde A. Ward getting 25%. It will likely be a race between Tyler and Jones.
City Councilor Klarissa Culbreath, a Democrat who was appointed to the seat in District 5, kept her seat with 56% over challenger William Edward Dunn’s 44%.
It appears, according to reports, that Republican Mayor Javier Sanchez was defeated by first-term Democrat City Councilor John Ramon Vigil. At 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, the Española City Clerk showed that Vigil led Sanchez 800-736.
According to the Secretary of State’s unofficial results, pro-mask, pro-abortion Democrat Tim Jennings, a former state senator from Roswell, defeated Republican incumbent Mayor Dennis Kintigh with 2,420 votes, or 44%. Kintigh got 2,363 votes or 43%. A Republican vote-splitter who took support from Kintigh, Guy Malone, garnered 10%, or 528 votes, while Eva Tellez got 4% with 203 votes. A possible recount is in order due to the slimmer than 1% margin of “victory.”
Conservative Jon Henry triumphed over challengers in the Artesia mayoral race, garnering 45% of the vote, compared to his closest challenger in the crowded race who got 25%.
To see the full results from the Tuesday election, those can be found on the Secretary of State website here.