Lynch, Pennington keep Bloomfield council seats

Noel Lyn Smith
From left, Bloomfield election clerks Rachel Truby and Irene Gallegos look over paperwork for voters on Tuesday at Bloomfield City Hall.

FARMINGTON — Two familiar names will continue to serve on the Bloomfield City Council after Tuesday's election.

The unofficial results show incumbents Curtis Lynch finishing first with 208 votes, or 44 percent, followed by Matthew Pennington with 134 votes, or 28.6 percent.

Challenger Benny D. Kling finished in a close third-place with 26.9 percent of the votes, or 126 votes.

A total of 468 votes were cast in the election, according to Bloomfield City Clerk Erikka Martinez. Forty-four voters participated in early voting, which ran from Feb. 10 to 26, and 218 voters cast ballots on Tuesday.

Each ballot allowed voters to choose up to two candidates, though voters could also opt to vote for only one person, Martinez said.

The city council is comprised of four members who are elected at-large, meaning they are elected to represent the entire area rather than districts.

Curtis Lynch

“It makes me feel good I got so many votes,” Lynch said late Tuesday evening.

He added he appreciates the residents who cast ballots.

One of the challenges Lynch said he faces going into his third term is addressing funding for the city. But, he said, the council will "need to take it one step at a time."

Pennington said he is grateful to continue serving Bloomfield and added that it is a privilege to be re-elected for a third term.

“I’m glad to serve,” he said.

Pennington said he looks forward to the challenge of addressing and finding solutions for the "critical time" the city is facing with the economy.

Matthew Pennington

He added he appreciated Kling for “stepping up” and vying for a council seat.

Kling said the loss did not bother him because his intention was to inspire people to vote.

“I think we made a mark and showed everyone has a vote,” Kling said.

He added his campaign was operated on little funding because he lives on a “fixed income.”

“But I wanted to prove the little people can speak up. We have a voice,” he said.

Lynch and Pennington will continue to serve on the council with councilors DeLaws Lindsay and Elwin Roark.

Martinez said the voter turnout was "fairly decent" in Tuesday's election.

“Everything went as normal. There were no issues,” she said.

The oath of office will be administered to Lynch and Pennington at the March 14 regular council meeting, Martinez said.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.

Election clerk Karen Ransom supervises Brandon Milton as he casts his ballot on Tuesday at Bloomfield City Hall.