CIBOLA COUNTY – Larry Diaz, Johnny Valdez, Corrine Padilla, Pablo Savedra and Antonio Gallegos are declared winners of their respective races as 2010 primary election came to a close late last night.
First declared winner was Incumbent Sheriff Johnny Valdez at 8:30 p.m. Valdez received approximately 1650 of the nearly 3,000 votes cast yesterday, over 50 percent unofficially. John Castaneda was close to Valdez in the sheriff’s race with 950 and Milan policewoman Sylvia Knotts was a distant third with 266. Valdez will now face Republican Eldon Martinez in the November General Election.
Diaz’s race was a little closer as he received approximately 1,200 unofficial votes but still had double compared to his closest contender Fred Rodarte who received about 625. Other Magistrate Judge candidates Josephine Vaisa, Russell Davidson and Joe Garcia, all received about half the votes Rodarte had at nights end. Diaz will become judge in January 2011.
The most interesting race of the evening was the democratic seat for Cibola County Commissioner District 3 between Gallegos, Laura Malaj now Jaramillo and Martin Hicks. Gallegos did not pull away from Malaj until the final ballot boxes were counted. He was declared a winner at about 10 p.m. Gallegos received about 328 votes compared to Malaj’s 256. Hicks ended with 172 votes. All final votes are unofficial until final canvassing of them is completed on Friday. There are also 9 provisional ballots that need to be counted, according to County Clerk Lisa Bro.
In other races:
• Incumbent Pablo Savedra beat Cheryl Montoya for Assessor with 1566 total votes and Montoya ending with 1186.
• Corrine Padilla beat Incumbent Jimmy Baca by a landslide – 1900 to 875, unofficial until Friday’s canvassing.
All vote totals are available online on the Secretary of State’s website.
For more information call the clerk’s office at 285-2535.