Election 2014: Montoya beats Glass for District 1 State Rep
FARMINGTON — Republican Rodney Montoya beat Democrat Alfred Gordon Glass by almost a 3-to-1 margin in the race for District 1 state representative in Tuesday's general election.
According to the Secretary of State's Office, with 8,177 votes counted, Montoya had 73 percent to Glass' 27 percent.
Montoya said he was looking forward to joining his fellow Republicans in the statehouse. He will fill a seat vacated by Thomas Taylor.
"Tom Taylor left some big shoes to fill," he said. "I am hoping over time to fill them well."
He expressed his appreciation for the voters and volunteers that supported him through the primary and into the general election. "I ran a fairly simple campaign — jobs, values, freedoms," he said. "It seemed to resonate with the folks, and I am hoping to be effective in those areas."
Glass congratulated his opponent and thanked everybody he met during his door-to-door campaign.
He urged Montoya to take into consideration the educational issues he raised during the campaign.
"I think they are issues that need to be addressed and not neglected," he said.
Montoya, 48, of Farmington, has spoken at length in the months leading up to election day about the need to protect San Juan County's energy sector, which he says is the engine of our local economy.
He has also expressed interest in bringing a railhead to the Four Corners to help diversify the local economy, creating manufacturing jobs and allowing area companies to export their products. Montoya works as an explosive materials distributor and served for nine months in 2011 as the chief of staff for Lt. Gov. John Sanchez.
Glass, 71, of Farmington, has focused on education throughout the campaign, arguing that education and economic growth are inextricably linked. He favors local control and said he would like to address problems with the state's teacher evaluation program.
Glass has worked as a family counselor at Farmington schools and has volunteered for several years at Farmington's ECHO Food Bank.