Julian is new Magdalena mayor
It’s official. Sandy Julian is the Village of Magdalena’s new mayor.
On Thursday, March 4, a canvassing board confirmed the results of the March 2 municipal election.
Julian received 139 votes, or 49 percent of the 284 votes cast, in a three-way race for mayor.
Jack Fairweather collected 109 votes (38 percent) and Barbara Baca got 36 votes (13 percent).
Julian, who served a short stint as mayor a decade ago, succeeds James Wolfe, who did not seek re-election after serving two four-year terms.
L. Diane Allen and Tommy Torres won the two positions up for grabs on the village’s board of trustees.
Allen had the high-vote total of 178 (39 percent) of 453 votes cast, while Torres received 158 votes (35 percent). The other candidate in the race, incumbent Eleanor “Dolly” Dawson, garnered 117 votes (26 percent).
Julian was on hand at the Magdalena Fire Department when the unofficial vote totals were announced. She congratulated her opponents on a good race and vowed to work hard for Magdalena.
“The village belongs to the people,” she said. “They put me in here, and I just want to work to help their needs. This is going to be the people’s village.”
Julian’s challengers were both board of trustees members.
Fairweather was making a bid for mayor at the end of his term as trustee. Baca still has two years left on her term.
Filling Fairweather and Dawson’s seats on the board are Allen and Torres.
In a telephone interview on Tuesday night, Allen said she hoped to fulfill the expectations of those who put faith in her with their vote.
“First, I want to thank the people of Magdalena for their vote and their confidence in me,” she said. “I will work very hard for the people in the community, listen to their issues and get something done,”
Torres also aims to get things done.
“First we’ve got to take care of the little things, and then we can work on the big things,” he said. “I’ll do the best I can for the village.”
The new mayor and trustees will be sworn in at the next board of trustees meeting on Monday, March 8. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
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