- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) - Voters in Las Vegas have made history by electing Tonita Gurule-Giron as the northern New Mexico community’s first female mayor.

The Las Vegas Optic (https://bit.ly/1NaHXmt ) reports that 23 votes separated Gurule-Giron from former councilman Joseph Herrera in Tuesday’s runoff election. The results were being canvassed Thursday.

Gurule-Giron and Herrera emerged as the top vote-getters in the March 1 mayoral election. Because neither managed to secure more than 50 percent of the vote in the six-person race, the city charter required a runoff.

Gurule-Giron will replace Alfonso Ortiz Jr., who opted not to seek re-election.

Gurule-Giron says the election marks a victory for the community and will open doors for future generations.

Her first duties will include appointing someone to serve the final two years of her council term.

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Information from: Las Vegas Optic, https://www.lasvegasoptic.com


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