Election 2016

Results of a recount in the Las Cruces Municipal election are in, and election results remain unchanged.

District 1 candidate Eli Guzman and District 4 candidate Richard Hall filed for a partial recount after losing in tight races.

The recount took place in the presence of a state district judge’s designee, the interim city clerk and the chief deputy county clerk.

Simon Thompson

Spirits were high at Mayor Ken Miyagiashima's election party at restaurant Los Compas in Las Cruces.  

Incumbent Miyagishima  celebrated beating out challengers Miguel Silva and Eugenia Montoya Ortega with his supporters. According to unofficial city counts, Miyagishima received 51% of the vote.

Miyagishima says he plans to use his third term as mayor to continue economic development and infrastructure projects in the city.

The Las Cruces municipal election marked a shift in the Las Cruces political climate . Significant amounts of money were spent by groups from outside the city.

It took the form of persistent robo calls and hard hitting mailers attacking candidates. Most of it was aimed at discrediting Mayor Ken Miyagishima who won re-election.

“I am glad that the residents believed in me and didn’t believe all that information that was being floated out there” Miyagishima said.

Miyagishima says they were the most aggressive attacks he has seen in any recent Las Cruces election.

Local businesswoman Gina Montoya Ortega took her first step into the political arena running for Mayor, and came in with just %16 percent of the vote. She says she’s always wanted to run for local office, and is proud of the campaign she ran.

“I feel like I’ve never done this before,” Ortega said. “And I feel like I came in and I ran a good race, I fought a good fight, and like I said there is probably a few little things I could have done differently, but I don’t regret it.”

Las Cruces City Councilor Greg Smith

  Las Cruces City Councilman for District 2, Greg Smith was the only incumbent who faced a challenger in the city election last night. After winning re-election Smith sat down with Edmundo Resendez to discuss his plans for District 2 in his upcoming term.   

An Interview With Miguel Silva On His Mayoral Campaign Loss

Nov 3, 2015
Miguel Silva

  District One City Councilor and Mayoral candidate, Miguel G. Silva paced the floor last night at his election night headquarters at the Launch Pad Café frequently looking at the election returns. When the final results came in his mayoral bid was not to be losing to incumbent mayor Ken Miyagashima. Silva spoke to Edmundo Resendez about his loss and upcoming plans. 

Bill Allen-Greater Las Cruces Chamber Of Commerce

  The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce got involved in the Las Cruces election by endorsing 4 candidates for mayor and city council seats. These candidates in the Chamber’s eyes are pro-business and pro jobs. Although all four candidates lost in some close races, Chamber president and CEO Bill Allen spoke with Edmundo Resendez about looking forward to upcoming elections with better success.  

  Voters statewide approved all seven proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution on Tuesday — giving themselves tax breaks, cementing their rights to hunt and fish, pumping billions of extra public dollars into roads and freeing some top elected officials from having to live in the state capital.

But the most-watched ballot initiative was defeated, as Houston residents rejected a city ordinance extending nondiscrimination protections to gay and transgender residents.

Las Cruces Election: Photos From The Campaign Parties

Nov 3, 2015
Simon Thompson

KRWG News has reporters throughout Las Cruces to bring you extensive election coverage tonight.  This post tells the story in photos.

Progressives Win Big In Las Cruces

Nov 2, 2015
Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima

 

  Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima sailed to a big win in Tuesday’s election, becoming the rare candidate to win a third term in office.  Municipal Judge Kieran Ryan also handily beat his challenger, William Kinsella, to win the race for presiding judge.  The city council races were much closer…but in every case, progressive candidates came out on top.  Kasandra Gandara is the new city councilor in District 1.  Jack Eakman takes the District 4 seat.  And incumbent Greg Smith was re-elected in District 2.

Voter Turnout levels have been dropping in recent years, and candidates and city officials are trying to get more people to the polls. 

The last mayoral election in Las Cruces saw 19% voter turnout, and the last non-mayoral municipal election saw only 8% of registered voters making it to the polls. Las Cruces spokesperson Udell Vigil said they expect this mayoral election to be similar. 

"So we have a mayoral election underway now," Vigil said. "And so we expect a little higher voter turnout. What we're having for early voting is about average for this time of year."

Three Candidates are running for the Las Cruces District 4 city council seat, but one of them may not be able to take office. Candidate Gilbert Vasquez has a felony conviction for aggravated battery from over three decades ago, and if he doesn’t receive a gubernatorial pardon he will not be able to hold office.

Gilbert Vasquez says he decided to run for city council because he felt the other candidate didn’t represent the district, but as a convicted felon he lost the right to hold public office unless he is able to get a restoration of right’s from the governor’s office.

  This is the final week to early vote in the Nov. 3, Las Cruces Municipal Election. Early voting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday, and Saturday from

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Las Cruces City Clerk’s Office, first floor of City Hall, 700 N. Main St.

A Day In The Life Of Las Cruces Mayoral Candidate Miguel Silva

Oct 23, 2015
Miguel Silva

KRWG is profiling all of the Las Cruces Mayoral Candidates ahead of the November 3rd Election. The third candidate to profile is Councilor Miguel Silva.

Silva isn’t running for re-election because he originally campaigned on term limits, but he still feels like there is more to do in the city, so he is running for Mayor.

Mayoral Candidate Miguel Silva and Gina Montoya Ortega have repeatedly said Las Cruces is not a business friendly city on the campaign trail, and the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce is hoping to help by getting more involved in this year’s Municipal Election.

The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce is hoping to create a better environment for business to grow by influencing this year’s municipal election. Chamber Vice President Troy Tudor says it’s important for businesses to be involved.

VIDEO: The Las Cruces Mayoral Debate

Oct 21, 2015

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima

  KRWG is working to profile the Mayoral Candidates ahead of the November 3rd election. Samantha Sonner spent the day with incumbent Mayor Ken Miyagishima to see what he’s doing as Mayor and what he wants to see for the future of the city.

Mayor Ken Miyagishima says he has two full time jobs both working at Farmer’s Insurance, and working as Mayor of the second largest city in New Mexico. If re-elected this would be his third term, and he says he’s excited for the possibility.

Las Cruces Sun News Editorial Board Meeting: City Council District 4

Oct 15, 2015

The nation’s eyes may have been on the Democratic Candidates meeting at their first debate last night, but in Las Cruces both Mayoral and City Council Candidates met up at NMSU to debate local policy.

Both students and community members gathered at NMSU to hear both the mayoral candidates and city council candidate’s debate. Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima says students are an important part of the Las Cruces Community.

Candidates In New Mexico Face Deadline For Finance Reports

Oct 13, 2015

Elected officials and candidates for office have until the end of Tuesday to file their latest campaign finance reports with the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office.

The reporting period covers spending and donations received during the last six months. Even though state law doesn't require it, the office's ethics bureau plans to audit a random sampling of the filings this time around.

The Las Cruces Mayoral Candidates took questions from the community at a forum Thursday night.

Incumbent Ken Miyagishima is running on his 8 years of experience as mayor of Las Cruces and his success. He says he will continue to listen to the people’s concerns and is already working on the main concern he heard at the forum.

“Roads,” Miyagishima said. “Which is something we are trying to address, one of the things we are planning on using with that Hold Harmless gross receipts money is rehabbing and repairing one of the largest road improvements in the city’s history.”

Voice Of The Public - District 2 Forum

Oct 8, 2015

  On Voice of the Public, Councilman Greg Smith and challenger Philip Van Veen answered questions during the live call-in show with Anthony Moreno hosting. Both Smith and Van Veen are running for District 2 in Las Cruces. 

People head to La Fiesta Bakery looking for a donut or an empanada… But now that pastry comes with a side of politics.

“What I’m asking people,” Ortega said. “The reason I’m obviously running is because I believe the city needs a change. What we need to do is make sure everyone gets out there and votes, that’s the only way for change to happen.”

Gina Montoya Ortega owns La Fiesta Bakery with her husband Ray, and now she is taking a stab at public office, running for Mayor of Las Cruces.

 

  Early voting is underway for the City of Las Cruces, Nov. 3, municipal election. The races include: mayor, council districts 1, 2 and 4, and presiding municipal court judge. Early voting takes place only at the City Clerk’s office located at 700 N. Main Street in City Hall.

Las Cruces Mayoral Forum Thursday Night

Oct 7, 2015

  SWOP Action Fund Dona Ana, Nopalito’s Galeria and PRC Productions will be hosting a Las Cruces Mayoral Candidate Forum for citizens, members, family and friends and community residents who would like to meet and greet those candidates running to be the next Mayor of the City of Las Cruces.

Confirmed are all candidates running for Mayor, small business owner, Eugina “Gina” Montoya Ortega, current City Councilor Miguel Silva and current Mayor Ken Miyagishima.

Las Cruces Sun News Editorial Board Meeting: City Council District 1

Oct 7, 2015

Tuesday Is Last Day To Register For Las Cruces Municipal Election

Oct 4, 2015

  The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3, municipal election is Tuesday, Oct. 6, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday at the Bureau of Elections located in the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd.

Voters will elect a mayor, city councillors to represent districts 1, 2 and 4, and presiding municipal court judge. More information available at las-cruces.org, then click on Voter Information.

Las Cruces Mayoral Forum Set For Next Thursday

Sep 30, 2015

  SWOP Action Fund Dona Ana, Nopalito’s Galeria and PRC Productions will be hosting a Las Cruces Mayoral Candidate Forum for citizens, members, family and friends and community residents who would like to meet and greet those candidates running to be the next Mayor of the City of Las Cruces.

Confirmed are all candidates running for Mayor, small business owner, Eugina “Gina” Montoya Ortega, current City Councilor Miguel Silva and current Mayor Ken Miyagishima.

  Fall has arrived; our silly season will remain through election day.    Wake up Las Crucens - electioneering has begun and chaff will become overwhelming.  The Mayor, Districts 1, 2, 4 and a presiding judge are at stake.  What's good for Las Cruces residents?  All of them.

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