Winds of change sweep through Questa school board

Griego, Cisneros defeat Garcia, Ortega

Doug Cantwell
dcantwell@taosnews.com
Posted 11/6/19

Questa voters voiced loud and clear dissatisfaction with the governance of their schools yesterday, electing two new members by landslide majorities to replace incumbents Daryl Ortega and Ellis Garcia.

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Winds of change sweep through Questa school board

Griego, Cisneros defeat Garcia, Ortega

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Questa voters voiced loud and clear dissatisfaction with the governance of their schools yesterday, electing two new members by landslide majorities to replace incumbents Daryl Ortega and Ellis Garcia.

Juan Cisneros, owner of Cisneros Phillips 66 Fuel & Grocery in Questa and Rio Grande Motorsports in Taos, walked away with Position 1, defeating Ortega with over 84 percent of the vote. Rebecca Griego, a financial analyst with Chevron Environmental Management Co., defeated Garcia and another challenger, Cori Jenkins, in the contest for Position 2, taking almost 74 percent of the vote.

"The lopsided votes show that the people are fed up with what's happening to our schools and want new leadership," said Griego. "Questa has spoken. Tomorrow will be a new day for our children."

Cisneros could not be reached immediately for comment, but in his candidate profile in the Taos News he noted that the school board has lacked consistency in all positive respects, that it has been consistent only in causing chaos. "With the number of issues we face, our community up here in Norte needs to realize that we are strong, and together we can overcome these issues," he added.

Ortega is the current board president. Garcia was appointed to the board but recently was told  by the state's attorney general that he was ineligible to serve due to a decades-old felony conviction.

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