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Dexter, Lake Arthur voters line up for incumbents

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“We had a lot of work to do and still have a lot of work to do,” says Ysidro Salazar of Lake Arthur. Preliminary election results indicate that voters returned him to office, with Salazar receiving four votes more than his challenger Fred Chavarria. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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The towns of Dexter and Lake Arthur have returned their incumbent mayors to office, according to preliminary election results at the conclusion of voting Tuesday night in a turnout that was higher than in previous years but still consisted of only a few dozen people in each community.

A poll worker stands in front of a voting booth in Dexter on Tuesday. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

In Hagerman, all seats were unopposed. Its mayoral candidate and two city councilors received more than 30 votes each.

Election results are unofficial at this point. Challenges could possibly be made, and election results must be verified by officials of each town, with final results expected within a week.

In Dexter, Mitch Daubert, the incumbent mayor who was first elected in 2014, was re-elected with 68 of the votes. Challenger Russell Sterling Neeld, a sales manager with United Rentals, received 10 votes.

Two City Council positions with four-year terms were open, and two incumbents ran unopposed for those seats. Ron Chambers Jr. received 44 votes, while Justin Powell earned 52 votes.

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Hagerman, with 495 registered voters, held no surprises. Three offices were available and three people ran unopposed for them.

Tony J. Garcia, formerly a Hagerman city councilor and a public defender who works in Roswell, has been elected mayor for a four-year term, having tallied 36 votes.

The rural town also had two city councilor seats open. Andrew Rodriquez was re-elected to his seat with 41 votes. Chris P. Villa garnered 33 votes.

Voters in the town of Lake Arthur also returned their incumbent mayor to office, according to information provided by the incumbent, Ysidro Salazar.

He said that he secured 29 votes compared to 25 votes earned by his challenger, Fred Chavarria.

“I am glad they (the results) came out the way they did,” Salazar said. “We had a lot of work to do and still have a lot of work to do with our sewers and water system, and it would have been kind of hard to have somebody new in there not knowing what we’ve got going on in terms of the work we have to do with the sewers and water, and, you know, it would have been really hard for him to try to catch up on everything. I am glad that the results came out the way they did, and we just look forward to the future and trying to make the town better.”

Two City Council seats were open for the town, but only one person, Artesia General Hospital nurse Irma P. Salmon, ran for office. It was unknown as of press time how many votes she received.

Salazar said that the mayor can appoint someone to the council seat that remains vacant following the elections.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.