By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer
Oscar Robinson, a retiree, school bus driver and lawn care business owner, won the only contested city council race in Portales Tuesday.
Robinson received about 62 percent (209) of the votes in Ward B. His opponent, Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative Inc. engineer Antonio Sanchez Jr. had approximately 38 percent (130) of ballots.
“I’m humbled to the people who came out and voted for Antonio and myself,” Robinson said.
In all, 24 percent of registered voters participated in the municipal election with 1,386 ballots cast. Portales has 5,894 registered voters.
He said it was a good race and his supporters had given him challenges he promised to meet.
“Therefore, I start working the next meeting with my sleeves rolled up to meet the promises that I made to the residents of Ward B,” Robinson continued.
Robinson, who served two previous terms on the council, thanked his wife and close friends. He said he would begin by learning priorities, seeing what direction new Mayor Sharon King wanted to go and finding how he fit into meeting the needs of his district.
Sanchez wished the new elected officials luck and thanked everyone who voted.
“Whether they voted for me or not, the fact that they went out and expressed their right to vote means a lot, and the fact they did that, I appreciate it,” he said.
Sanchez also thanked voters who supported him.
In the uncontested council races:
• Incumbent Antonio Salguero received 229 votes in Ward A.
• New candidate Leo Lovett received 341 votes for the two-year position in Ward C. Incumbent Shawn Watson chose not to run again.
• Incumbent Ronald Jackson received 306 votes for the four-year position in Ward C.
• Incumbent Dianne Parker received 267 votes in Ward D.
• Incumbent Municipal Judge Frederick Arnold received 1,073 votes throughout Portales.