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At last, voters have their say in range of races

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — The long campaign season is almost over and voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide the country’s next president, but also state and county officials, a hospital mill levy and flood control bond issue.

In Rio Rancho, registered voters will be able to cast ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at any of 17 voting convenience centers. (For the full list of Election Day voting convenience centers in Sandoval County, see Page 5.)

Locally, the election will determine the races for two state House and three state Senate seats, in addition to two Sandoval County Commission positions, county treasurer and county clerk.

Vying for the House District 23 seat are Democrat Daymon Ely of Corrales and Republican incumbent Paul Pacheco of Albuquerque.

House District 57 incumbent Jason Harper, a Republican, seeks a third term. He is being challenged by Democrat Donna Tillman. Both are from Rio Rancho.

House District 60 incumbent Tim Lewis of Rio Rancho and House District 44 incumbent Jane Powdrell-Culbert of Corrales are unopposed. Both are Republicans.

In Senate races, Democratic incumbent John Sapien of Corrales and Republican Diego Espinoza of Rio Rancho are bidding for the District 9 seat.

The Senate District 10 candidates are Democrat Dave Simon and Republican Candace Gould, both of Albuquerque.

In Senate District 40, Democrat Linda Allison is challenging Republican incument Craig Brandt. Both are from Rio Rancho.

In Sandoval County races, incumbent Nora Scherzinger, a Democrat from Corrales, and Republican Jay Block of Rio Rancho are competing for the District 2 county commission seat.

Two Rio Ranchoans, Democrat Alexis Jimenez and Republican Dave Heil, seek the District 4 position on the commission.

The candidates for county clerk are incumbent Eileen Garbagni of Bernalillo and Republican Donald Lemm of Rio Rancho.

The race for county clerk is between incumbent Laura Montoya, a Democrat from Rio Rancho, and Leroy Lovato of Bernalillo.

Mill levy, flood bond

Sandoval County voters will also vote for or against a Sandoval County hospital mill levy and a special district flood control bond issue.

Voters will decide whether to extend a 4.25 mill levy to support the two hospitals in Rio Rancho for another eight years. The levy, which was first approved in 2008, provides nearly $13.5 million annually to Presbyterian Rust Medical Center and UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center.

Voters will also decide whether to pass a $21 million bond issue to fund projects proposed by the Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority.

Early voting in the county ends today. For the list of early voting sites, see the Journal’s online voter guide,