With unofficial numbers posting just now, and 19 out of 19 precincts reporting, Torrance County has a new county clerk and county commissioner.
The Clerk’s race pitted Democrat Rubena Miranda against Republican Yvonne Otero. Otero won 64% of the vote, or 4,524 votes, while Miranda got 2,543 for 36%.
Incumbent Democrat Javier Sanchez lost his bid for re-election to former commissioner LeRoy Candelaria in the race for District 3 county commission seat.
Candelaria got 1,419 votes for 54%, while Sanchez got 1,190 votes and 46%.
Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at email@example.com.