FARMINGTON — Six candidates across San Juan County who ran unopposed for their respective seats were elected or re-elected on Tuesday.

And the candidates say they are eager to tackle issues in Aztec, Bloomfield and Farmington.

In Bloomfield, incumbent Mayor Scott Eckstein was re-elected to his third, four-year term after receiving 224 votes, according to unofficial results from the Bloomfield City Clerk Jamie Thomas. Eckstein first joined the city council in 2004, before being elected as the mayor in 2006.

"The fact I was unopposed was hopefully an indication the citizens of Bloomfield were happy with the direction of the city," Eckstein said.

Election clerks Stephanie Sandoval, right, and Frances Cooper smile while waiting for Aztec residents to vote on Tuesday at the Aztec City Hall.
Election clerks Stephanie Sandoval, right, and Frances Cooper smile while waiting for Aztec residents to vote on Tuesday at the Aztec City Hall. (Megan Farmer/ The Daily Times)

Eckstein said he wants to work on economic development, beautification of the city and ongoing efforts to annex land to increase the size of the city.

"If you got a beautiful city, it'll encourage people to move here and companies to relocate here," he said.

Eckstein also said he was ready to work with the new city council, including DeLaws Lindsay, who will join the council in Pat Lucero's seat. Lindsay received 161 votes.

Incumbent J. Elwin Roark was also re-elected to his seat on the Bloomfield City Council. He was first elected in 2012 to a special two-year term to replace Councilor Lynne Raner, who resigned from her seat on the council in December 2011. Roark received 185 votes, according to unofficial results.

Two new members were also elected to the Aztec City Commission. District 4 representative Eugene Current and District 5 representative Jim Crowley did not run for re-election. Each served one term.

Taking over Current's District 4 seat will be Katee McClure and joining the commission in District 5 will be Sheri Rogers. Rogers received 229 votes and McClure received 217 votes, according to unofficial results from the Aztec City Clerk Karla Sayler.

McClure and Rogers will serve four-year terms.

Sandra Lanier feeds her ballot into the voting tabulator machine on Tuesday at Aztec City Hall.
Sandra Lanier feeds her ballot into the voting tabulator machine on Tuesday at Aztec City Hall. (Megan Farmer / The Daily Times)

Incumbent Farmington City Councilor Gayla McCulloch was re-elected to the District 3 seat and will serve another four-year term. She was first elected to the seat in 2010. She received 551 votes, according to unofficial results from Farmington City Clerk Dianne Smylie.

McCulloch said she believes there are challenges ahead, but she said she is willing to take them on. Among the challenges the city faces are ensuring residents receive top notch service.

"I would like to focus on upgrades for our aging infrastructure and customer service, so the public feels like they are getting their money's worth," McCulloch said.

Election Judge Edna Englehart, left, and Election Clerk Kaye Rassam, center, assist Jeff Riley after he votes on Tuesday at the Farmington Public Library.
Election Judge Edna Englehart, left, and Election Clerk Kaye Rassam, center, assist Jeff Riley after he votes on Tuesday at the Farmington Public Library. (Megan Farmer / The Daily Times)

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 and jkellogg@daily-times.com. Follow him @jkelloggdt on Twitter.


Farmington resident Louise Thomason is instructed on where to cast her ballot on Tuesday at the Farmington Public Library.
Farmington resident Louise Thomason is instructed on where to cast her ballot on Tuesday at the Farmington Public Library. (Megan Farmer/ The Daily Times)

Scott Eckstein
Scott Eckstein (Courtesy of Scott Eckstein)