EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Las Cruces is about to enter into a new era in city government.
Tuesday, Nov. 7, the city’s voters went to the polls to select a new mayor. Incumbent Mayor Ken Miyagishima decided not to run again after serving 16 years in office.
Seven candidates are vying to succeed Miyagishima. Kasandra Gandara continues to lead after the latest round of voting was released at 11 p.m. and counting stopped.
Gandara has 5,386 votes or 35 percent, followed by Eric Joseph Enriquez with 5,176 votes or 34 percent.
Here are how the other candidates stood after the first round of results were released: Isabella Solis, 2,370 votes or 15 percent; Mike Tellez, 1,274 votes or 8 percent; Mariah Hernandez, 391 votes or 3 percent; Alexander Paige Baca Fresquez, 352 votes or 2 percent; and Gina Ortega, 361 votes or 2 percent.
Las Cruces uses “ranked choice” voting for races with more than two candidates.
Three City Council seats are also up for grabs in Las Cruces.
In District 1, Cassandra McClure has the lead with 853 votes or 37 percent., followed Jason Daniel Estrada, 565 votes or 24 percent; Daniel Gordon Buck, 521 votes or 22 percent; Patrick Potter, 186 votes or 8 percent; and Mark O’Neill, 183 votes or 8 percent.
The District 2 race is a virtual tie but the leader has flipped. Former Mayor Bill Mattiace took the lead after trailing most of the night.
Mattiace leads with 1,229 votes or 51 percent, with incumbent Tessa Abeyta trailing at 1,175 or 49 percent.
In District 4, incumbent Johana Bencomo is the leader with 1,088 votes or 49 percent, followed by Gabriel Duran Jr., 756 votes or 34 percent; Lorenzo Medina, with 235 votes or 11 percent; and Ramon O. Ortega, with 149 votes or 7 percent.
The Dona Ana College Community College District is asking for authorization to issue up to $16 million of general obligation bonds. “Yes” is ahead with 14,951 voters or 71 percent, while “no” is at 6,158 votes or 29 percent.
Gadsden Independent School District is asking for a $2 mill levy on each $1,000 valuation for capital improvements. “Yes” is ahead with 773 votes or 65 percent, with “no” at 424 or 35 percent.
Across the state line in El Paso, voters went to the polls to help decide the fate of 14 state-wide ballot propositions.
In Horizon City, voters were asked whether the Cochran Colonia Subdivision should be annexed into the Horizon Regional Municipal Utility District. The measure passed by a 6-1 vote, according to unofficial final results.