AZTEC — It's official — Aztec now has an all-female city commission.
When the results came in Tuesday, incumbent Mayor Sally Burbridge — donning her signature pink Converse sneakers, blue jeans and a tiara for flare — flashed a smile, acknowledging she beat her opponent, former city employee Joe Hubbard, for a third term in the District 2 seat.
Burbridge bested Hubbard by 88 votes, winning 170 to 82.
"Yay!" Burbridge said, shortly after 8 p.m. when Aztec City Clerk Karla Sayler posted the final tally for the evening. "It's a relief it's over."
At the commission meeting March 11, the five female commissioners — Burbridge, Katee McClure, Sheri Sipe, Sheri Rogers and Roberta Locke— will decide who will be mayor and mayor pro-tem, a unique procedural aspect of the commission-manager form of government.
Another unusual element will be that the commission will be comprised entirely of women.
"I think it's a first," Sayler said.
Burbridge began the day by posting a letter online and sending text messages to supporters urging them to get out and vote. Of the 4,173 residents registered to vote, only 255 did so.
"Good morning, it's 7:05 a.m. Have you voted yet?" Burbridge wrote in an early morning group text message to supporters.
Burbridge was not surprised by the low turn out at Aztec City Hall Tuesday, but she said she wished more residents were more actively involved.
"I wasn't surprised," Burbridge said. "There wasn't a hot-button issue (that) might typically drive people to the polls."
Hubbard, who could not be reached for comment, ran on reforming City Hall and increasing attention to public safety.
McClure, an arts organizer, and Rogers, an emergency communications center employee, both ran unopposed and won.