Unofficial General Elections Results

(Editor’s Note: The totals below reflect ballots counted as of 11 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3. The county clerk’s office resumed counting provisional ballots at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4, after the News-Bulletin deadline. Read next week’s edition for full election coverage. Races with an * indicate districts in multiple counties.)

Valencia County Commission
District 2

(D) Ralph R. Miramontes ………….2,261

(R) Troy Dean Richardson ………..2,577

District 4

(D) LeRoy Baca …………………………2,752

(R) Joseph Aaron Bizzell ………….3,088

District 5

(D) David M. Tynan ………………….2,673

(R) Jhonathan M. Aragon (I)……..4,104

Valencia County Clerk

(D) Aurora Dolores Chavez ……..14,784

(R) Michael E. Milam ………………16,166

Valencia County Treasurer

(D) Michael P. Steininger ………..12,579

(R) Deseri Ann Sichler ……………18,346

New Mexico State Senate

District 29*

(D) Paul A. Baca ……………………….9,090

(R) Gregory A. Baca (I) ……………9,545

District 30*

(D) Pamela M. Cordova ……………9,444

(R) Joshua A. Sanchez ………………9,965

District 39*

(D) Elizabeth Liz Stefanics (I) ..12,049

(R) Joseph C. Tiano …………………..9,729

N.M. House of Representatives
District 7

(D) Santos Griego ……………………..4,231

(R) Kelly K. Fajardo (I) …………….6,180

District 8

(D) Paul Matthew Kinzelman …..5,003

(R) Alonzo Baldonado (I) …………8,796

District 49*

(R) Gail “Missy” Armstrong (I) ..9,133

District 50*

(D) Matthew McQueen (I) ………..8,584

(L) Jerry D. Gage ………………………….594

(R) Christina L. Estrada …………….7,254

District 69*

(D) Harry Garcia (I) …………………..5,742

(R) Roy Randall Ryan ……………….3,304

13th Judicial District Attorney*

(D) Barbara Romo ……………………55,642

(R) Joshua Joe Jimenez …………….55,911

Magistrate Judge Div. 1

(D) Heather R. Benavidez (I) ……14,421

(R) Miles R. Tafoya ………………….16,479

13th Judicial District Court Judge

Division 4*

(D) Amanda Sanchez Villalobos……76,846

Division 5*

(D) James A. Noel …………………75,280

Division 7*

(D) Chris G. Perez ………………..74,854

13th Judicial District Court Retention
Division 1*

James Lawrence Sanchez

For ….68,737

Against ….29,151

Division 2*

George Eichwald

For ….68,418

Against ….29,238

Division 3*

Allen Smith

For ….65,884

Against ….29,165

Division 6*

Cindy Mercer

For ….66,838

Against ….28,235

Division 8*

Cheryl Johnston

For ….66,400

Against ….28,400

The big rush of voters in Valencia County went to the polls before Election Day.

While 5,070 ballots were cast on Tuesday, Nov. 3, county voters turned out early, casting 15,289 early ballots and submitting 11,728 absentee ballots, for a total of 32,087 ballots cast.

 

“I think we had such a high turnout, in a way, because of the pandemic,” said Valencia County Clerk Peggy Carabajal. “People were at home more, they were paying more attention maybe than they did in their normal, busy lives.”

Many of the people voting this year were considered inactive voters, the clerk said, meaning they hadn’t voted in many of the last several elections.

“Some people told us they voted in the last presidential, so we thought they meant 2016. No, they meant 2008,” she said. “We had some who hadn’t voted since 1996.”

Carabajal said overall there was a lot of outreach and attention drawn to this election — everything from a television ad with all 33 county clerks coordinated by Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver to the many “Trump Trains” that made their way through the streets.

In the county, 69.58 percent of the 46,109 registered voters turned out for the General Election, slightly better than the 67.51 percent turnout statewide.

When we posed the question of “Why did you vote this year?” to our readers on Facebook, there was a range of answers.

 

Many people said they were voting for their children, the future, while others emphasized their civic duty and right to vote.

“I voted because democracy only works if the people remain engaged in the system and make their wants known through the process of voting,” wrote Michelle Desmond.

Other commenters touched on deeper, social issues.

“When I look back at the last four years, I see division, hate, anxiety, separation, rage,” Michael Garcia wrote. “I see my friends unemployed, I see more and more homelessness in the streets. I see a pandemic that has wrecked this country while the rest of the world has started to recover. I voted because I need this nightmare to end.”

LaDoris Garley wrote that it took 100 years and two constitutional amendments for her to gain the right to vote.

“I voted because I believe in science, kindness, decency and the greater good,” Garley said.

Not being taxed into poverty was the reason Saada Howard voted in the General Election this year.

“I have lived that and it’s awful,” Howard wrote. “I can’t let the country go back the way it was four years ago!”

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Julia M. Dendinger began working at the VCNB in 2006. She covers Valencia County government, Belen Consolidated Schools and the village of Bosque Farms. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande chapter’s board of directors.