San Miguel sheriff easily wins re-election

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Vigil gets another term in office

By David Giuliani

Las Vegas Optic


Sheriff Benjamin Vigil, a Democrat, trounced his independent opponent, Rico Giron in Tuesday’s election.


With 27 of 30 precincts reporting, Vigil had 77 percent of the vote to Giron’s 23 percent. 


In the Democratic primary in June, Vigil scraped by with 35.6 percent of the vote against four candidates. His closest rival, Joseph  Santillanes, got 34.3 percent. 


In his campaign, Vigil, who was elected in 2006, promised to continue what he was doing. Vigil has locked horns with the County Manager Les Montoya and the San Miguel County Commission over funding and manpower issues. 


Meanwhile, Giron pledged to declare a moratorium on all mortgage foreclosures until banks meet lawful requirements, deem the federal Patriot Act unconstitutional, end cronyism, set up a citizens advisory commission to examine misconduct allegations and re-establish the sheriff’s posse. 


 Giron advertised his campaign promises extensively in the newspaper.