Samaniego narrowly defeats Cook in race for County Judge

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Local businessman Ricardo Samaniego will be the next El Paso County Judge.

Samaniego narrowly defeated former Mayor John Cook 50.54 percent to 49.46 percent.

Samaniego received 11,340 votes, compared to Cook’s 11,096.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity,” Samaniego tells KTSM.  “It’s like…my life has come to this point, to be able to do something for this community.  And so I feel very good about this opportunity.” 

Samaniego will fill the County Judge seat vacated by Veronica Escobar when she stepped down to run for U.S. Congress.

There were no Republican challengers in this race.

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