SANTA FE — Michael J. Garcia and Jamie Cassutt-Sanchez will be joining the Santa Fe City Council, and Carmen Gonzales and Sarah Boses will be new faces on the Santa Fe school board, based on unofficial returns from Tuesday’s election.
In addition, Jody Pugh and Piér Quintana were elected to the five-member Governing Board of Santa Fe Community College.
Garcia won with more than 67% of the vote against Alysia Abbott for the east side District 2 City Council seat being vacated by Peter Ives, who served two four-year terms on the council. Garcia, 40, who works for AmeriCorps VISTA as a project manager, and Abbott, an archaeologist, were making their first runs for political office.
In a race in which ranked-choice voting applied because there were more than two candidates, Cassutt-Sanchez, running against Xavier Anderson and Greg Scargall, got 57 percent first-choice votes. That negated any need for runoff rounds, in which the second choices of voters who preferred Anderson or Scargall would have come into play.