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Tuesday's election includes very few contested races

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By David Giuliani

Las Vegas’ polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for local, state and federal elections.

Perhaps the most-watched local race is that between Democratic incumbent Richard Vigil and Republican Mel Root for the District 70 seat on the state representatives. But Vigil, as is the case with every other Democrat in a contested race Tuesday, is favored in heavily Democratic northern New Mexico.

District 68 state Rep. Thomas Garcia is facing Republican Sylvia Olson, but it appears as if Olson hasn’t made any effort in her campaign at all.

For the County Commission, Democrat Nicolas Leger, an attorney, is facing rancher Fred Romero, and Marcellino Ortiz of Pecos is running against Mary Bridget Maloney, a professional communications trainer, in District 2.

All other local candidates are running unopposed — District 4 County Commissioner David Salazar, state Sens. Pete Campos and Phil Griego, Melanie Rivera for county clerk, County Clerk Alfonso Ortiz and Matthew Sandoval for district judge. All of the Mora County candidates are running unopposed.

At a glance

What: Tuesday’s general election, which includes contested races for president, Senate, Congress, Public Regulation Commission, state representative and county commissioner.

When: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Information: Call San Miguel County clerk’s office at 425-9331 or visit the County Courthouse.