Of the nine contested state and local races, primary voters chose to re-elect the Republican incumbent legislator for state House District 66, allow an appointed district court judge to continue to serve in her current capacity, and selected their choice for the GOP nominee for the only contested County Commission seat. The 2012 primary election results will become official only after being signed by the State Canvassing Board on June 26.
More than 20 incumbent legislators decided against seeking re-election this year, including Sen. Rod Adair, R-Roswell, first elected to the state Senate in 1996, meaning many legislative seats will change hands. Seventeen candidates were unopposed on Tuesday’s ballot. The lack of contested races may explain light voter turnout locally. A mere 2,236 individuals cast their ballots early, with 1,790 voting at the County Administrative Building, 428 at the Roswell Mall and 18 in Hagerman. In total, 6,768 ballots were cast in Chaves County, 1,585 Democratic and 5,182 Republican.
Area Democrats will now step into the ring as none faced an opponent Tuesday. Chaves County Democrats weighed in on only two contested races: U.S. Senate and New Mexico Court of Appeals.
Securing nearly 70 percent of the vote, children’s court judge Monica Zamora beat fellow Democrat and workman’s compensation judge Victor Lopez in the race to serve on the New Mexico Court of Appeals. Zamora will now face Judge Miles Login to read more