Lawmaker Richard Vigil get seventh term

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By David Giuliani

Las Vegas Optic


Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, cruised re-election to a seventh term in the state House of Representatives. 


With nearly all precincts reporting in San Miguel County, Vigil had 68 percent of the vote to Republican Mel Root’s 32 percent.


It was largely a replay of the 2008 election, in which the two men got about the same numbers. 


District 70 includes much of San Miguel County and a small portion of Torrance County.


Vigil, a bus contractor, thanked his supporters. 


“I promise to continue working hard for them. I think I will be able to work well with (Republican Gov.-elect) Susana Martinez, just like I did when Gary Johnson was in office because everything we do is for the people. It’s not about me or Susana, it’s about the people of New Mexico, so I hope she can work with me and the delegation from San Miguel County also.”


Root, a retired educator, said he was disappointed. 


 “We all worked hard and did the best we could do. When you give the best you can, that’s what matters. We’re getting better organized and better known all the time, but Richard has quite a (political) machine, plus he’s well known, so he’s hard to beat.”