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ABQ city council: Arnold-Jones faces runoff, Benton wins easily (updated)

Isaac BentonWhile Richard Berry easily won reelection in the mayor’s race, there was some small measure of excitement in city council races.

Janice Arnold-Jones will need to win a runoff if she wants to be the next city councilor in Albuquerque’s District 7. Meanwhile, Isaac Benton easily defeated fellow incumbent Roxanna Meyers in what many thought would be a close race in the redesigned District 2.

Arnold-Jones failed to get the magic 50 percent mark, falling 77 votes short according to unofficial numbers. Arnold-Jones finished with 49.28 percent of the vote, with 5,058 votes. next was Diane Gibson with 39.48 percent of the vote and 4,054 votes. This year, a new ordinance went into effect requiring 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff.

Previous elections just required 40 percent of the vote. But Albuquerque voters approved of the change in a mail-in election earlier this year.

Benton and Meyers were two incumbents who were drawn into the same district. Most observers thought it would a close race, especially when resident Jerry Ginsburg put a lot of money into mailers attacking Benton.

Despite this, Benton ended up easily defeating Meyers and giving the city council at least four Democrats, pending the runoff in District 7.

Republicans previously enjoyed a 6-3 advantage on the city council.

A runoff election will be made more interesting by a late-term abortion ban on the ballot citywide. The city clerk was unable to count the amount of valid signatures in time for the city council to put it on this ballot.

Ken Sanchez was reelected without opposition in District 1, while Dan Lewis was easily reelected in District 5 and Don Harris was easily reelected in District 9.

Klarissa Pena avoided a runoff in District 3 with 56 percent of the vote in a three-way race.

Update:

Of course….

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Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.

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3 Responses to "ABQ city council: Arnold-Jones faces runoff, Benton wins easily (updated)"

  1. Michelle Meaders says:

    Peter, they weren’t allowed to take them to the vote centers — only to the city clerk’s office and maybe the city records center. But you are probably right about there being absentee ballots to count — I heard there were about a hundred that had to be hand-counted because they wouldn’t scan. If they were early or day-of, they would already have been scanned.

  2. Michelle Meaders says:

    “Previous elections just required 40 percent of the vote. But Albuquerque voters approved of the change in a mail-in election last year.”

    I know it seems like a long time ago, but it was earlier this year — you reported on it then:

    ABQ runoff initiative passes, Democrats cheer

    http://www.nmtelegram.com/2013/03/12/abq-runoff-initiative-passes-democrats-cheer/

    1. Michelle Meaders says:

      You fixed it already.