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The Line: Santa Fe Choses New Mayor In “Instant Runoff” Election

March 9, 2018 – Santa Fe voters chose Alan Webber as the new mayor and filled four seats in the City Council in the election held on Tuesday, March 6. It was the first time the city used ranked choice ballots since that process was approved ten years ago. When he is sworn in as mayor, Webber will also step into an office with more power and a higher salary. The salary has tripled from $29,000 to $110,000. And as mayor, Webber will have the sole authority to fire the city manager, city attorney, and city clerk. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the election process and its outcome.

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Inez Russell Gomez, opinion page editor for the Santa Fe New Mexican
Sophie Martin, attorney

Further reading:

Mayor-elect Webber jumps into transition – by Tripp Stelnicki, The Santa Fe New Mexican

Webber elected mayor in first ranked choice voting – by T.S. Last, Edmundo Carrillo and Megan Bennett, Journal North

The Line: Santa Fe Experiences Ranked-Choice Voting

Ranked Choice Voting graphic

February 23, 2018 – Early voters in Santa Fe are dealing with the new ranked choice system for the first time as they cast ballots for mayor and city council seats. One of the arguments in favor of this system of voting is that it saves money by eliminating the need for runoff elections. Gene Grant and the Line weigh in on whether ranked-choice voting should be used in other cities in New Mexico.

Line Panelists:
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP
Ranked-choice system gets mixed reception among early voters – by Tripp Stelnicki, Santa Fe New Mexican