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BREAKING: Two New Faces for County Commission

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Wayne Johnson, Michelle Lujan Grisham win election, according to unofficial returns. Incumbent Maggie Hart Stebbins scores two-year term.


A former state cabinet secretary, Michelle Lujan Grisham, and a local business owner, Wayne Johnson, captured the two open seats on the Bernalillo County Commission, according to unofficial results late Tuesday.

Incumbent Maggie Hart Stebbins, meanwhile, won election to a special two-year term.

The results wouldn’t change the political makeup of the commission, which features three Democrats and two Republicans.

Grisham, Stebbins and Johnson each had at least 59 percent of the vote in their races, according to results that included early votes, absentee ballots and 79 percent or more of Election Day precincts.

Johnson said he thinks the new commission will be “vastly different” because of the upcoming turnover. Past commissioners, he said, ceded too much authority to county administrators, who haven’t been open enough with the public.

“With so many new commissioners coming in, it’s going to change the dynamic of the commission,” Johnson. “In what way? That’s yet to be seen.”