NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Bernalillo County will have a new sheriff. Democrat John Allen is projected to beat Republican Paul Pacheco. Wednesday’s morning numbers show Allen beating Pacheco with 54% of the vote.

Democrat John Allen has highlighted his extensive background in law enforcement serving with the New Mexico State Police and 19 years in the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department. Some of Allen’s priorities are putting repeat offenders behind bars and ending nepotism that he says exists in the Sheriff’s office.