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Trujillo fends off challenge

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Ward 1 race heading to runoff

By Martin Salazar

Incumbent Eddie Trujillo handily defeated his two challengers to win another term as the city of Las Vegas municipal judge.

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In the Ward 4 City Council race, Councilman David Romero was re-elected to a second term, receiving 22 more votes than challenger Michael Espinoza.

The Ward 1 race, meanwhile, will be decided by a runoff election within 45 days because none of the three candidates garnered more than 50 percent of the vote. Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron and Oliver L’Esperance were the top two vote-getters in that race.

With all precincts reporting, Trujillo walked away with 1,626 votes, nearly double the votes brought in by his closest competitor, former city councilor Diane Moore. Moore garnered 823 votes and Luna Community College employee Eric Cummings came in a distant third, receiving 55 votes.

“I am so grateful to Las Vegas. They have always been good to me,” Trujillo said after the results were announced. “This is my seventh election, and it speaks for itself. I love what I do, and I love the people of Las Vegas. I appreciate them.”

Results are unofficial until canvassing takes place.

With no mayoral election on this year’s ballot, one of the  big questions is whether voter turnout would suffer. It appears to have been unaffected.

A total of 2,504 people cast ballots for Tuesday’s election, which is 20.6 percent of the eligible voters in the city. Two years ago, when there was a mayoral election on the ballot, voter turnout was 21 percent.

Trujillo thanked his two competitors for putting themselves out there. Trujillo has served as municipal judge for two decades. Prior to that he served on the Las Vegas City Council.

In the Ward 1 Council race Gurule-Giron received 46 percent of the vote compared to 44.6 percent for  L’Esperance and 9.2 percent for John Lucero. Gurule-Giron, who is seeking her second term on the Council, received 337 votes, 10 more votes than L’Esperance. Lucero walked away with just 68 votes, enough to force a runoff between Gurule-Giron and L’Esperance.

The Ward 4 race was also competitive, with Romero taking 51.6 percent of the vote, compared to Espinoza’s 48.4 percent.

All three races were relatively low-keyed, with candidates refraining from outright attacks on one another.

Most of the candidates went door to door asking city residents for their votes. Vintage vehicles dotted the landscape with candidate posters.

This is the first regular city election with no mayoral race on the ballot. Voters approved a new city charter in March 2010 that required four year terms for the mayoral post.

Also new this year was the use of convenience centers. In past years, city voters were required to vote at a specific location. This year, two convenience voting sites were set up, one at the Gillie Lopez Gym on the West side and the other at Michael Marr Gymnasium on the East side. Voters were allowed to cast ballots at either location.

City Clerk Casandra Fresquez said there were no significant problems on Election Day. There were, however, long lines at the polling sites late Tuesday afternoon.

Unofficial Results

MUNICIPAL JUDGE

Eric Cummings
55 - 2.2%
Diane Moore
823 - 32.8%
Eddie Trujillo√
1,626 - 64.9%
All precincts reporting

CITY COUNCIL WARD 1

Gurule-Giron √
337  46%

Oliver L’Esperance √

327  44.6%

John Lucero
68 9.2%
All precincts reporting

CITY COUNCIL WARD 4

Michael Espinoza
327  48.4%

David Romero√
349 51.6 %

All precincts reporting