LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KTSM) – Mayor Ken Miyagishma will be returning to office after winning Tuesday’s election, which was the first under the new ranking system.
Ten candidates were in the running to be the Las Cruces Mayor.
Unofficial numbers showed Mayor Ken Miyagishma leading the pack with 4,614 votes or about 37 percent. The next closest candidate is William Mattiace with 2473 votes or 20 percent followed by Mike Tellez with 1,478 votes or 12 percent.
Following that, the ranked system, which is also called instant runoff, took place and after eight rounds, Miyagishma was declared the winner.
Other results included:
- Kasandra Gandara winning Las Cruces City Councilor 1.
- Tessa Abeyta Stuve winning Las Cruces City Councilor 2.
- Johana Bencomo winning Las Cruces City Councilor 4.
- The Las Cruces Public schools bond passing with 68 percent.
- Javier Perea winning Sunland Park Mayor.
- Alberto A. Jaramillo-Gonzalez winning Sunland Park City Councilor 4.
- Olga Nunez winning Sunland Park City Councilor 5.
- Donald Lee McBride winning City Councilor 6.
This year marks the first year Las Cruces uses rank choice voting, which means they’re are able to rank the candidates from first to last.
So when the votes are counted if no candidate reaches the winning threshold, the candidate with the least votes is eliminated. Also known as an instant runoff.
Some voters said the new process is easier than the thought.
“Just be ready to vote, it’s very easy it’s real simple it’s an easy task to take care of you’re in and out before you know it and you know it’s something everyone should be doing because this is our future,” said Las Cruces resident Paul Zubiga. ”