Santa Fe, Roswell, Farmington elect new mayors; Rio Rancho to have runoff election

Posted at: 03/05/2014 7:23 AM
By: Steve Mieczkowski,

It looks like voters in Rio Rancho have a runoff election on their hands.

The unofficial results for Tuesday's regular municipal election show Gregg Hull and former city councilor Michael Williams are the two front runners for the mayoral seat.

Neither got more than 50 percent of the vote.

Shelby Smith and Thomas Buckner are also staged for a runoff election for District 5 city councilor.

Rio Rancho's governing body will set the date for the runoff election at their next meeting scheduled for March 12.

Meanwhile, in Santa Fe, unofficial results show Javier Gonzales will take over as mayor.

Gonzales ended up with 42 percent of the vote.

Gonzales, the former chairman of the state's Democratic Party, is the first openly gay mayor of Santa Fe.

In Farmington, Tommy Roberts was handily re-elected mayor, snagging 84 percent of the vote.

His challenger, Matt Dodson, had focused his campaign on legalizing recreational marijuana. It was a plan Roberts had argued wouldn't work since pot is illegal across New Mexico.

Roswell voters decided to unseat incumbent mayor Del Jurney in favor of Dennis Kintigh.