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Four elected to Westmorland City Council

March 06, 2002|By MARIO RENTERIA

Staff Writer

WESTMORLAND — Three new members will join the City Council and one incumbent will return for another four years as a result of elections here Tuesday.

Henry D. Graham, Thomas "Bud" Landrum and Victor M. Sanchez Jr. will join City Councilman Larry Ritchie on the council. Incumbent John Makin was elected for another four-year term.

Graham, Landrum and Makin were running for full four-year terms while Sanchez was running against Mayor Henry Halcon for a short-term seat.


Three full-term seats and one short-term seat were up for election. The seats contested belonged to Makin, Halcon, Thomas Marquez and Rumaldo Marquez. Rumaldo Marquez announced he would not seek re-election. The short-term seat was left by Thomas Marquez because of military obligations after he resigned because of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. He had two years left on his term.

Graham led the field with nearly 30 percent of all votes, or 184 votes. Makin followed with nearly 21 percent, or 129 votes, and Landrum was third, topping 18 percent with 115 votes. The other two candidates were Martha Cruz with 98 votes, or just under 16 percent, and Maria Olivas with 90 votes, or about 14 percent.

For the short-term seat, Sanchez had 208 votes, or nearly 73 percent of the vote, and Halcon had 26 percent with 76 votes.

Makin said, "Westmorland will now be a city on the move. We will try to create more jobs and find a way to fix our streets."

Sanchez said, "The people have spoken. They want changes. I have the experience I will serve the best that I can."

He added, "The city is facing a lot of problems, the streets being the worst. We need to revamp our beliefs, our protection and our government. We need a new direction."

Sanchez previously served two terms on the council.

Graham and Landrum were not available for comment.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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