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Candidates line up to run for SF City Council

SANTA FE, N.M. — It looks like ranked-choice voting will be in effect in at least two of the four races for Santa Fe City Council in November, provided prospective candidates secure the required number of nominating signatures.

City Clerk Yolanda Vigil told the Journal that as of Thursday three people in both districts 2 and 4 have picked up candidate packets to run for City Council seats being vacated by incumbents.

District 2 councilor Peter Ives announced this week that he would not seek a third term on the council. District 4 councilor Mike Harris previously announced that he would not run for a second term.

Vigil said that Michael J. Garcia, Craig M. Moya and Charlene Dell Ortiz picked up packets to run for the southeast District 2 seat. Xavier Anderson, John M. Salazar and Greg Scargall each picked up packets to run for the midtown District 4 position.

Incumbents Renee Villarreal and Chris Rivera were the only people to pick up candidate information to run in districts 1 and 3, respectively.

In addition, Municipal Judge Virginia Vigil picked up candidate information to run for re-election, the city clerk said.

Candidate packets were made available for pick up on Monday. There’s still time for other people interested in running in the Nov. 5 election to pick up candidate materials, Vigil said. All candidates have until July 5 to turn in the required number of nominating signatures to make them eligible to run.

Santa Fe was the first municipality in New Mexico to run a ranked-choice election in March 2018. Las Cruces will be following suit when it holds a ranked-choice election this November.

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