Santa Fe elects Alan Webber as city’s new mayor


Santa Fe has elected a new mayor.

Alan Webber will lead New Mexico’s capital city. The city clerk’s office announced his victory late Tuesday night.

The publishing entrepreneur won the mayor’s race in the city’s first ranked-choice voting election. 

He beat out three city council members and a local school board member. 
In 2008, voters approved a change, letting them rank candidates on the ballot in order of preference, allowing for automatic run-off elections.

This is the first election in which the city used the system because it recently got the necessary equipment. 

Webber won with a 66 percent majority after four elimination rounds.   

He is the founder of Fast Company, a business magazine. 

He campaigned on creating an inclusive city with better education, jobs and city services. Webber called himself the strong mayor Santa Fe needs as the city enhances the mayor’s role.

The position will now be full time and come with a big pay raise. 

Santa Fe also elected three newcomers to the Santa Fe City Council. 

Outgoing Mayor Javier Gonzales did not seek re-election.

He was running for lieutenant governor but dropped out of the race last month. To see full election results, click here. 

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