Peralta voters keep town councilors

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With a healthy voter turnout, the town of Peralta elected three incumbent councilors to its governing body Tuesday.

Running unopposed for a two-year term, Councilor Kori Taylor, who received a total of 115 votes, thanked everyone for coming out and voting in the Peralta races.

"I want to thank everyone for their support, and our plan is to work hard for our community," said Taylor, who is a senior appraiser with the Valencia County assessor's office.

Taylor was appointed to a council vacancy last year, replacing Ginger Shoemaker.

In a field of three candidates vying for two seats, incumbents Michael Leon Otero and Joseph Romero were triumphant.

Otero, who garnered 199 votes, thanked the voters for electing him to his third term.

"I work for you," said Otero, who owns Joe's Pharmacy in Peralta. "I will continue to do the best I can, listen to people and, funds depending, we will do all we can."

Otero was first elected to the council in 2007, the year the town incorporated.

Also re-elected to his third term, Romero gave a "great big thank you to everyone who voted and everyone who is interested in making Peralta a better place. I am looking forward to working hard to support our residents."

Romero ,an engineer, received 191 votes.

Trying his hand for the first time at politics was Paul Kinzelman, who garnered 28 votes. He said decided to get into the race for council because he doesn't like to see unopposed races.

"Win or lose, I wanted to see what happened," Kinzelman said. "I want to thank people for participating in the voting process. I am always for more accessibility of our officiants. They should be willing to talk to the people of the town."

A total of 233 ballots were cast in the Peralta elections, with five absentee and 72 people took advantage of early voting. On election day, 156 went to Peralta Town Hall to cast their ballots.


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