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Maestas keeps seat; Korte defeated

One incumbent fell while another took an easy victory in Tuesday’s Albuquerque Public Schools board election.

In a third race with five candidates, in which the incumbent was not running, a retired APS teacher won with almost two thirds of the vote.

In the District 2 race, challenger Peggy Muller-Aragon defeated incumbent Kathy Korte by taking 63 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results. District 2 covers Northwest Albuquerque and Corrales.

Calls to Muller-Aragon were not returned.

A call made to Korte on Tuesday night also was not returned. On her Facebook page, she thanked her volunteers and said she would continue to fight against what she sees as flawed education policies promoted by Gov. Susana Martinez.

“We can be proud that we came together,” Korte said. “The truth remains that parents and grandparents have legitimate concerns about harmful education policies that are hurting children, schools and teachers.”

She had said her opponent was a supporter of the governor’s reform agenda and that voters had a clear choice.

It was by far the most contentious of the three races, with Muller-Aragon’s supporters leveling bullying and other allegations against Korte in hard-hitting mailers.

In District 1, APS school board president Analee Maestas won with 72 percent of votes. Challenger Madelyn Jones took about 17 percent of the votes while Colt Balok garnered about 10 percent. District 1 covers the South Valley.

Maestas said she is excited to start a second term.

“I am looking forward to working with whoever is there” on the school board, Maestas said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

In the five-candidate District 4 race, Barbara Petersen, a former APS teacher, won with 63 percent of the votes.

Coming in second place was Mark Gilboard with almost 18 percent. John “Jake” Lopez took about 13 percent. Sina-Aurelia Pleasant Soul-Bowe took about 3 percent. Charles “Ched” MacQuigg took 2 percent.

District 4 covers the university area.

“It’s pretty unbelievable. I had so many incredible volunteers,” Petersen said. She said that while campaigning she heard from people of both party affiliations who said they are concerned about the level of testing going on in public schools.

“People really have this sense that we have to reconcile our curriculum so it serves kids and not tests,” she said.

CNM

Virginia Trujillo beat out Jenny Lawson-Toulouse for the District 6 seat on the Central New Mexico Community College Board in the tightest contest. Trujillo took 55 percent of the vote.

Robert Matteucci Jr. won the District 2 seat in an uncontested race. Mark D. Armijo won the District 4 seat, also in an uncontested race.

Rio Rancho

In Rio Rancho, two new members will take a seat on the school board representing Districts 2 and 4, which cover the center of town and far southeast part of the city, respectively.

District 2 representative Ramon MontaƱo, 40, is a veteran of the Las Vegas (N.M.) City Schools Board, serving from 2000 to 2010. Newcomer Ryan Parra, 24, graduated from Rio Rancho High in 2008, and will be the District 4 representative.

Both candidates ran unopposed in Tuesday’s board election.

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