Carlton Gray will keep his municipal judge position

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AZTEC – Voters here decided Tuesday who would represent them on the City Commission for the next four years, as well as who will serve as the municipal judge.

Austin Randall and incumbent Sherri Sipe will join commissioners Katee McClure and Sheri Rodgers on the five-member commission that also includes Mayor Sally Burbridge.

"I just hope to make everyone proud that they voted for me," said Randall, who received 244 votes out of 423 ballots cast, or about 57.7 percent of the votes.

He said he was surprised with the support he received in Aztec.

"Hopefully, I can do a good job," he said. "Change things up."

Randall defeated incumbent Roberta Locke, who received 131 votes, or about 31 percent of the votes, and challenger Caleb Robison, who received 48 votes, or 11.3 percent.

"I truly appreciate the support of the people of Aztec," Locke said. "Win or lose, I respect the election process."

Sipe, who defeated Beth McClure and Michael Forrest, said she hopes to continue with the work she has done while serving on the commission. She said she thinks the election results reflect that her constituents appreciate that work.

Sipe received 286 votes out of a total of 431 ballots cast, or about 66.4 percent. McClure received 88 votes, or 20.4 percent, and Forrest received 57 votes, or 13.2 percent.

"I appreciate that the people supported me," she said.

Carlton Gray ran uncontested for the municipal judge position. He received 342 votes.

"This is what I've wanted to do," he said when reached Tuesday afternoon.

He said he has enjoyed his more than five years as municipal judge.

"I'll stay as long as they'll have me," Gray said.

He said he plans to continue the programs he has started, such as a deferment program that allows first-time offenders to perform community service.

"Hopefully, more opportunities will arise to start more programs," Gray said.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

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