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Borrego cruises to City Council win

District 5 City Councilor, Cynthia Borrego, center, celebrates with newly elected Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, left, at an election victory party at the Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque, NM on Tuesday evening, November 14, 2017. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

Copyright © 2017 Albuquerque Journal

Retired planner Cynthia Borrego cruised to victory over attorney

Robert Aragon on Tuesday in a runoff election to represent District 5 on the Albuquerque City Council.

Borrego drew 54 percent of District 5 votes to Aragon’s 46 percent to clinch the council seat in far Northwest Albuquerque, according to unofficial election returns. Borrego received 6,005 votes to 5,113 for Aragon, with all 53 voting centers reporting.

Cynthia Borrego

On Dec. 1, Borrego will succeed Councilor Dan Lewis, a Republican, who lost Tuesday’s mayoral runoff election to Tim Keller, a Democrat.

Borrego thanked supporters and received cheers and applause Tuesday night at Keller’s election-day victory party at Hotel Andaluz in Downtown Albuquerque.

“I want to work with Tim (Keller) and I know we are going to do the best job possible,” Borrego said.

Borrego, 59, a self-described conservative Democrat, was a planner for Albuquerque and Bernalillo County for 28 years before her retirement in 2010. She has served on the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority board since 2014.

Aragon, 60, is an Albuquerque attorney who has owned and run his own law firm for 24 years. Aragon has served on the New Mexico Board of Finance since 2011, and served as a state representative from 1979 to 1983 and again from 1985 to 1987.

Borrego will be the only new face on the City Council this year when the new council is seated Dec. 1. Incumbent councilors were re-elected Oct. 3 in four other council races. They are Councilors Ken Sanchez, Klarissa Peña, Diane Gibson and Don Harris.

In the Oct. 3 election, Aragon led Borrego by only 142 votes of the 9,865 votes cast, with Aragon capturing 39 percent to Borrego’s 38 percent. Catherine Trujillo, 26, a political newcomer and a 2014 graduate of the University of New Mexico, received 23 percent in that three-way contest.

During the campaign, Aragon spoke often about his extensive experience in public financing and his desire to minimize government regulations that he said stifle business development.

Borrego emphasized her experience with city government and budgets, and discussed plans to revive neighborhood-based crime prevention programs and community policing gutted by recession-era budget cutting.

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