Magdalena picks two trustees, judge

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The village board of Magdalena elected two trustees — Barbara Baca and Eleanor “Dolly” Dawson — and incumbent Municipal Judge Robert Serna won handily against challenger Toby A. Jaramillo in the Tuesday, March 6, municipal election.

In the race for trustee, Baca won another four-year term for office and Dawson returned to a seat on the board, replacing Carmen Torres, who did not run for re-election.

There were 159 total votes cast, according to Village Clerk Rita Broaddus, which included early and absentee votes.

The final totals were as follows:

Barbara Baca — 98

Eleanor “Dolly” Dawson — 87

Arthur Rauschenberg — 59

William H. Otero — 54

In the race for municipal judge, Serna received 100 votes to Jaramillo’s 49.

The vote was certified at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 8. The winners will be sworn in at the next meeting of the board of trustees on Monday, March 12.

Baca said she’s happy to be back for another four years. Economic issues are an important concern for her.

“Anything we can do to increase receipts is key,” she said. “And more tourism, for sure, is something we want to work hard to make happen.”

Baca said she’s also enthusiastic about working with former council member Dolly Dawson.

“I’ve worked with Dolly three times before and I’m confident we will get things done,” she said.

Dawson said she was ready to get back to work for the village.

“There’s a lot of things to tend to,” she said. “We’ve got no lack of things that need to be done, but I’d like to try to take care of the situation with the BIA dorms. That asbestos could be a real problem.”

Dawson said emergency preparedness is also a high priority for her.

“I’d like to see us with more plans for handling disasters, like the snowstorms we’ve had. We just need to make sure we are ready,” she said.

Democracy at Work

Election Day started early for Broaddus and Mayor Sandy Julian. By 8 a.m. the village elections were already a go and Broaddus was making a last minute check to ensure the election judges had everything they needed. Despite the low turnout, Broaddus and election workers were still verifying the vote count close to 9 p.m. — nearly two hours after the polls closed.

Both Broaddus and Julian expressed the sentiment that Magdalena’s elections were unique and important.

“This is a situation where your one vote really counts. In a small town, single votes can be the deciding vote as to who wins and shapes village government.”

Julian agreed.

“Every vote makes a difference. Sometimes, in big cities that importance can seem lost,” she said.

Julian cited another reason elections are important.

“All the elected officials are here to serve the community,” she said. “We’re here to get things done. It’s all about taking care of the village’s business.”

The addition of Dawson, who previously served on the board of trustees, is the only change to the board’s current makeup. The mayor said village government will continue to work for the benefit of residents.

“We’re going to work together. We’re a team,” she said.

 


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