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Official Election Results
The official results from the city of Rio Rancho’s April 12, 2016, runoff municipal election are:

District 1 City Councilor, 4-Year Term
 Absentee/Early  Polls Total
 Jim Owen
 152  181  333
 Josh Hernandez
 98  203  301

 District 6 City Councilor, 4-Year Term
 Absentee/Early  Polls Total
 Lonnie F. Clayton
 98  145  243
 David L. Bency
 351  253  604

Due to no candidate receiving more than 50 percent of the total votes cast in the city’s March 1, 2016, regular municipal election for the offices of District 1 and 6 City Councilor, the candidates with the highest and second-highest vote totals from the regular election were subject to a runoff election pursuant to city code.

Voter Turnout

Of the 9,295 registered voters who could have cast a ballot for District 1 City Councilor, 634 or 6.8 percent voted.

Of the 10,575 registered voters who could have cast a ballot for District 6 City Councilor, 847 or 8 percent voted.

Canvass of Election Results

The unofficial runoff election results were canvassed by Sandoval County Magistrate Court Judge Richard L. Zanotti and certified as official on Friday, April 15, 2016. View the official canvass of election results in searchable PDF.

Swearing-In Ceremony

At 6 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2016, at Rio Rancho City Hall, the following will be officially sworn in and take office:

  • Jim Owen as District 1 City Councilor
  • David L. Bency as District 6 City Councilor

The public is invited to attend the ceremony.


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.