Barrone wins Taos mayoral race

Hahn, Maestas ahead for two town council seats in unofficial tally

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At 7:30, the unofficial vote count had incumbent Mayor Dan Barrone in the lead with 784 votes followed by Darien Fernandez who gathered 574 votes.

In the council race, voters chose incumbent George 'Fritz' Hahn (546 votes) and political newcomer Pascualito Maestas (548) for town council.  The unofficial vote count for other candidates totaled: Andrew Gonzales - 379, Michael Santistevan - 270, Judi Cantu - 364, Sarah Lopez - 324, and Melanie Baca - 155.

"I feel awesome," Barrone said after seeing the results. "I think we can move forward and continue that momentum that we have."

After his victory, Maestas said, "I think the people asked for transparency and I'm going to be working really hard to get it for them." 

Winners will serve for the next four years in their respective positions. Barrone and Hahn will return to their seats after already serving for the past four years. Maestas, who ran unsuccessfully for town council in 2016, begins his first term of public office.

After an unopposed race for municipal judge, Honorable Judge Richard Chavez received 981 votes to retain his seat on the bench.

Barrone, Hahn, Maestas and Chavez will be sworn in during a special 3 p.m. meeting Thursday (March 8) at the town council chambers.

Early voting for the Taos 2018 elections closed Friday (March 2) with numbers surpassing the previous election.

A total of 612 early voting and absentee ballots were issued from January 30 to March 2. Of the early ballots, 546 were from early voting which is up from 2016's 427 but down from the 2014 election which brought in 815 early voters.

Election officials expect to finish canvassing by noon Wednesday (March 7).

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