SANTA FE – Entrepreneur Alan Webber won the Santa Fe mayor’s race Tuesday in New Mexico’s first ever ranked-choice election.
It took four rounds of counting in the so-called “instant runoff” election system for Webber to get the required majority of votes counted.
Webber was the first choice of 39 percent of the voters. He won after three other candidates — first City Councilor Peter Ives, then Councilor Joseph Maestas followed by school board member Kate Noble — were eliminated in the initial rounds. Webber beat Councilor Ron Trujillo in the final round of counting, 13,088 to 6,689, with 66 percent of the vote.