March 5, 2014 First News: Santa Fe Elects Javier Gonzales Mayor (Listen)
Santa Fe voters elected Former New Mexico Democratic Party chair Javier Gonzales to be the City Different's next mayor on Tuesday. Gonzales easily out-distanced City Councilors Patti Bushee and Bill Dimas, taking more than 43-percent of the vote.
Winners in the four city council races were Sig Lindell in District One, Joseph Maestas in District Two, while third-district Councilor Carmichael Dominguez and the fourth district's Ron Trujillo, who ran unopposed, were re-elected.
Santa Fe voters on Tuesday also overwhelmingly approved all nine city charter amendments, including one to make the Mayor's job a full-time position. Charter Amendment 9, which takes effect in 2018, will expand the mayor’s powers as well as the size of the office-holder’s paycheck. The amendment will give the mayor supervisory authority over the city manager, city attorney and city clerk without authorization from the City Council.
In other elections, Taos voters elected Daniel Barrone Mayor. Voters in Espanola re-elected Mayor Alice Lucero and Rio Rancho voters selected Greggory Hull as its new Mayor.
Santa Fe Community College has agreed to pay fired former College President Ana Guzman one-half million dollars in exchange for Guzman agreeing to drop all claims against the Colleges Governor Board. The College Board took the action Tuesday night. The panel had voted 3-2 late last year to fire Guzman, who'd only been President of the college for about 15 months. Guzman then sued for damages, saying she wasn't fired for just cause.
Santa Fe Weather: Mostly sunny today, with a high of 54. Expect mostly clear skies tonight, with a low of 27. Tomorrow's forecast calls for mostly sunny conditions and a high near 62.