ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Rio Rancho City Clerk Steve Ruger said Councilor Tamara Gutierrez filed paperwork Wednesday for a recount of the municipal election results which showed her losing by a narrow margin to Cheryl Everett.
Unofficial results announced by the city showed Gutierrez with 496 votes to Everett’s 507.
Ruger said Gutierrez paid the required deposit equal to $50 per precinct in the district, or a total of $300.
The recount must be done within 10 days of receiving the request and requires a district court judge to be present, Ruger said.
He said the recount will be conducted at City Hall as soon as he can schedule a judge to attend.
Gutierrez has represented District 3 since mid-2009 when she was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the death of Councilor Delma Petrullo. Gutierrez was elected to the seat in 2010.