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Official Election Results
The official results from the city of Rio Rancho’s March 1, 2016, regular and special municipal elections that included three City Council seats, a road bond question, and 11 City Charter amendment questions are:

City Councilors

District 1 City Councilor, Four-Year Term   Absentee/Early  Polls  Total
JoAnne C. Dudley
 48  81  129
 Joshua Hernandez
 93  246  339
 Jim Owen
 117  292  409

*Runoff election required for District 1 between the highest and second-highest vote-getter

 District 4 City Councilor, Four-Year Term  Absentee/Early  Polls Total 
Marlene Feuer
 361  424 785
Ron E. Hensley
 166  214 380
Ryan Parra
 121  160  281
 
 District 6 City Councilor, Four-Year Term  Absentee/Early  Polls  Total
David L. Bency
186
349
535
Chris Balzano
99
132
231
Lonnie F. Clayton
118
143
261
Chris J. Vanden-Heuvel
57
170
227

*Runoff election required for District 6 between the highest and second-highest vote-getter

Road Bond Question

“Shall the City of Rio Rancho issue up to $9,000,000 of general obligation bonds, to be repaid from property taxes, for the purpose of designing, constructing, repairing, preserving, rehabilitating, enhancing and otherwise improving roads?”

   Absentee/Early  Polls  Total
 For General Obligation Road Bonds
1,255
2,244
3,499
 Against General Obligation Road Bonds
777
1,300
2,077

City Charter Amendment Questions

Proposition 36

Summary of question:
If approved, the Governing Body will be required to establish a review of the City’s Charter every six years.  Currently, this is required every five years.

   Absentee/Early  Polls  Total
 For Amendment
1,043
1,840
2,883
 Against Amendment
977
1,688
2,665


Proposition 37


Summary of question:
If approved, this amendment will modify the requirements that a petition for Charter amendment must meet in order to be approved by the City Clerk for circulation, and provide consistency for the City petition process.  In addition, this amendment specifies the time-frame in which any amendment by successful petition would be presented to the voters and thereafter become effective, if approved.

   Absentee/Early  Polls  Total
 For Amendment
1,358
2,503
3,861
 Against Amendment
642
998
1,640


Proposition 38


Summary of question: If approved, beginning in 2018, the salaries for the Governing Body would be tied to the City’s mean household income as reported by the United States Census Bureau. The current annual salary for the Mayor is $30,402. The current annual salary for City Councilors is as follows: District 1, 4, 6: $14,328 / District 2, 3, 5: $15,201. The 2013 estimate of mean household income for Rio Rancho reported by the United States Census Bureau was $73,998. Thirty-five (35) percent of this amount is $25,899.30.

   Absentee/Early  Polls  Total
 For Amendment
862
1,754
2,616
 Against Amendment
1,173
1,783
2,956

Proposition 39

Summary of question: If approved, the Mayor would get to vote on items presented to the Governing Body in the case of any absence of a City Councilor. Currently, the Mayor may only vote in the event of a tie.

   Absentee/Early  Polls  Total
 For Amendment
1,048
1,922
2,970
 Against Amendment
977
1,631
2,608


Proposition 40

Summary of question: If approved, this amendment would allow the Mayor to have outside employment only if approved by the Governing Body.  In addition, this amendment creates additional responsibilities for the Mayor.

   Absentee/Early  Polls  Total
 For Amendment
1,119
2,118
3,237
 Against Amendment
886
1,391
2,277


Proposition 41

Summary of question: If approved, the process by which the judicial branch provides its annual budget and capital program will be formalized.

   Absentee/Early  Polls  Total
 For Amendment
1,497
2,774
4,271
 Against Amendment
481
712
1,193


Proposition 42

Summary of question:  If approved, this amendment would remove the Governing Body and City Manager from serving as ex-officio members of City board, commissions, and advisory bodies.

   Absentee/Early  Polls  Total
 For Amendment
1,332
2,317
3,649
 Against  Amendment
640
1,143
1,783


Proposition 43

Summary of question: If approved, language will be removed specific to adopting a resolution to reduce one or more appropriations to reduce an issue regarding any budget deficit.  However, the Governing Body may still choose this option as they deem appropriate.

   Absentee/Early  Polls  Total
 For Amendment
1,007
1,758
2,765
 Against Amendment
950
1,673
2,623


Proposition 44

Summary of question: If approved, this amendment will ensure that each page of a petition for an Initiative will contain the same information when presented to the public for signature, and provide consistency for the City petition process.

   Absentee/Early  Polls  Total
 For Amendment
1,683
2,997
4,680
 Against Amendment
312
504
816


Proposition 45

Summary of question: If approved, this amendment will ensure that each page of a petition for a Referendum will contain the same information when presented to the public for signature, and provide consistency for the City petition process.

   Absentee/Early  Polls  Total
 For Amendment
1,700
3,020
4,720
 Against Amendment
298
476
774


Proposition 46

Summary of question:
If approved, this amendment will remove the Conflict of Interest; Ethics section of the Charter and replace it with language requiring the Governing Body to adopt a related Code of Conduct by ordinance no later than July 1, 2016.

   Absentee/Early  Polls  Total
 For Amendment
932
1,831
2,763
 Against Amendment
1,049
1,642
2,691

Runoff Election

Because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the total votes cast in the regular municipal election for City Council Districts 1 and 6, a runoff election is necessary per municipal code.

In the runoff election, the candidates will be:

        District 1 City Councilor

Joshua Hernandez

Jim Owen

         District 6 City Councilor

           David L. Bency

           Lonnie F. Clayton

The runoff election will be held between 35 days to 45 days after the canvass (tentatively scheduled for April 12) of the regular election is completed. The runoff election date will be set by vote of the Rio Rancho Governing Body at their March 9 regular meeting.

Canvass of Election Results

The March 1 unofficial election results were canvassed by Sandoval County Magistrate Court Judge Richard L. Zanotti and certified as official on Friday, March 4.  View official canvass in searchable PDF.

Voter Turnout

Of the 56,504 registered voters who could have cast a ballot in the March 1 regular and special municipal elections, 5,647 or 9.99 percent voted.

Swearing-In Ceremony

At 6 p.m. on Monday, March 7 at Rio Rancho City Hall, the following will be officially sworn in and take office:

  • Marlene Feuer as District 4 City Councilor

The public is invited to attend the ceremony.

Questions

For election questions, please call the Office of the City Clerk at (505) 891-5004. Rio Rancho City Hall is located at 3200 Civic Center Circle.


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