Municipal election is Tuesday

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By The Staff

For the first time in the city’s  history, there is no mayor’s race on the ballot of a regular city election.

Prior to the new city charter being enacted in March 2010, elections were held every two years for a mayor. But in 2014,

Mayor Alfonso Ortiz Jr. was re-elected to the post for a four- year term, and that leaves the municipal judge post as the only citywide position on this years ballot.

Running for that post are incumbent Eddie Trujillo, who has held the position for 20 years. He is being challenged by Luna Community College employee Eric Cummings and former City Councilor Diane Moore.

Of course, voters in Ward 1 and Ward 4 will also decide whom they want representing them on the Council.

In Ward 1, incumbent Tonita Gurule-Giron is being challenged by businessman Oliver L’Esperance, who owns the Grand Avenue Dairy Queen, and by John Lucero, who owns his own security business.

In Ward 4, incumbent David Romero is facing a challenge from electrician and retired city employee Michael Espinoza.
In order to avoid a runoff, the top vote getter in each of the races will need to garner more than 50 percent of the vote.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Also new for this election is the city’s adoption of voting convenience centers. Unlike past years when voters had to go to a specific voting site to cast their ballot, this year, they will be able to go to either one and vote.

The two voting sites will be at Robertson High School’s  Michael Marr Gymnasium and at the West Las Vegas High School lobby and gymnasium.

With no mayoral race on the ballot, one of the looming questions is how voter turnout might be affected. Some fear that fewer people will cast a ballot in the election.