Incumbents prevail in most Albuquerque-area school board races

By | February 8th, 2013

Incumbents appeared to navigate re-election safely in Tuesday’s school board elections, according to various media reports. One notable exception was in Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) District 6 where the unofficial results from the non-partisan ballot races are still somewhat too close to call. In that four-way district race, incumbent David Robbins trailed challenger Don Duran by only two votes as of Tuesday night, according to the Albuquerque Journal. As of Wednesday’s results, however, the Bernalillo County Clerk’s website listed Duran with 1,221 votes and an 11-vote lead over Robbins (1,210). Fellow incumbent Paula Maes placed third with 893 votes followed by challenger Angela Gonzales Carver with 341 votes.

“Maes and Robbins, both incumbents, ended up running against each other due to redistricting that consolidated board seats on the east side of town, the Albuquerque Journal reported.”

As of Feb. 7, the ABQ Journal reported that Duran prevailed by a 12-vote magin, though the origin of the additional votes was not specified, it noted.  As KRQE reported in the above video,

“There are still some provisional ballots to be counted, so that race is still definitely undecided. There is, incidentally, no automatic recount for a school board election.”

District 6 encompasses the East Mountains and Northeast Heights areas.

In District 7, which includes the La Cuerva area, incumbent David Peercy edged out challenger and New Mexico Business Roundtable President Larry Langley by a margin of 2,165 to 1,699 votes or roughly 56 to 44 percent respectively.

In District 3, which covers the North Valley and includes Valley and Albuquerque High Schools incumbent Lorenzo Garcia won re-election with 981 votes (38%) over challengers Leah Persons with 850 votes (33%) and Candido Arturo Archuleta, Jr. with 766 votes (30%).

In newly-created District 5, which is on the West Side, “Breaking Bad” actor and newcomer Steven Michael Quezada stood unopposed.

Lastly, the Albuquerque Journal reported on Rio Rancho’s results:

“In Rio Rancho, board president Don Schlichte won a fourth term against two challengers in District 1. In District 5, associate real estate broker Catherine Cullen won a four-way race with no incumbent. Martha Janssen won the District 3 seat, in which two candidates appeared on the ballot but Christina McKee decided not to campaign and put her support behind Janssen.”