Commissioners take oath of office

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

Tucumcari’s newly elected city commissioners were sworn in Friday at City Hall.

They were Mayor Antonio Apodaca, Mayor pro tem James Witcher and commissioners Robert Lumpkin and Jimmy Sandoval.

Except for Sandoval all the commissioners were incumbents and the term of Jim Lafferty, commissioner for District 5, had not expired, so his district seat was not included Tuesday’s election.

On Thursday, at the city commission’s next meeting, the commissioners will vote for a mayor.

The votes from Tuesday’s election were canvassed or verified on Wednesday by Quay County Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett.
Voting was thin on Tuesday compared to two years ago.

In 2006, when two seats, districts 4 and 5, were up for election, there was a turnout of 500 voters or 35 percent of the eligible voters cast their ballots, said city clerk Jeannette Maddaford.

On Tuesday, 347 voters, or 15 percent of the eligible voters, cast their vote in the commissioner races for districts 1, 2, 3 and 4.

In 2006, there also was a race for municipal judge that was voted on by all five districts, which brought the total votes to 583, Maddaford said.

This increased eligible voters to 3,174 of which 18 percent voted compared to Tuesday when there were 2,281 eligible voters in districts 1-4, with a 15 percent turnout, she said.

Official Vote of City Elections held March 4

Commissioner Regular Mail Early Total
in person
District #1
Robert W. Ciolli 6 0 1 7
Ralph L. Moya 40 0 2 42
Antonio J. Apodaca 70 1 8 79

Total Votes District 1: 128

District #2
Christopher Maestas 56 2 2 60
Jimmy R. Sandoval 48 6 8 62

Total Votes District 2: 122

District #3
James L. Witcher 20 1 1 22

Total Votes in District 3: 22

District #4
Mark A. Hodge 19 0 5 24
Robert C. Lumpkin 43 0 8 51

Total Votes District 4: 75

Total Votes Cast in Election 347