Rudy Garcia, a son of the Airport Road corridor with a 25-year track record working for Santa Fe County, was ahead of Mike Anaya to represent the county's mostly southern district this morning by nearly 2,000 votes.
District 3 is home to about 50,000 people and encompasses Edgewood, Stanley, Galisteo, Cerrillos, Madrid and La Cienega.
The county's elections administrator supervisor, Theresa Agencio, tells SFR that the results do not include provisional and absentee ballots that may have come in yesterday. A final count will not be declared until Nov. 16, when the County Canvassing Board certifies the results.
Garcia, who is also on the board of Santa Fe Public Schools, had those votes in spite of late-hour news reporting of several DWI arrests and an aggravated assault charge, later dropped, that involved his ex-girlfriend.
In a past conversation with SFR, Garcia said he wanted to make the county government "friendlier," including an expedited permitting process. He wants competing public bodies in the region to coordinate more effectively.
"One of the things I would like to see happen is a lot more dialogue between the city, county, and governments," Garcia told SFR in September.
Anaya was the District 3 commissioner from 2003 to 2011. He ran this time as an independent.
Whoever wins will replace Robert Anaya, who is Mike's brother.