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Riedel widens lead in San Luis mayoral race, council race goes to November, Somerton incumbent councilmembers leading

Lisa Sturgis/KAWC

Developer Nieves Riedel widened her lead over San Luis Mayor Gerardo Sanchez overnight after the two had been separated by as few as six votes late Tuesday.

As of midnight, Riedel had 1,056 votes, or 53 percent of the total to Sanchez's 928 votes or 47 percent. That's a difference of 128 votes.

In San Luis, candidates for mayor and city council held a street fair of sorts at Joe Orduño Park. Music was playing as motorists drove by on their way to vote at the Cesar Chavez community center.

Candidates and their supporters sat under canopies and next to big fans.

Riedel said she was pleased with the turnout.

“You saw more people participate in person and I’m happy about that," she told KAWC. "We really motivated people to come out in person and vote.”

As for the San Luis council race, it appears very likely that none of the nine candidates will meet the 50 percent +1 threshold. The top six candidates will face off for three seats on the November ballot.

As of Tuesday night, former city administrator Tadeo De La Hoya led with 17 percent of the vote followed by Javier Vargas with 16 percent, former councilwoman Maria Cecilia Cruz with 14 percent, Councilman Mario Buchanan with 14 percent, Nydia Mendenhall with 9 percent and Lizeth Servin with 8.52 percent.

Out of the top six for now are Genaro Soto with 8 percent, Cesar Zepeda with 7 percent and Councilman Jose Ponce with 6.56 percent.

In Somerton, Mayor Jerry Anaya ran unopposed and will win a second term.

For the Somerton City Council, Councilman Juan Castillo leads with 28 percent of the vote as of Tuesday night, followed by Councilwoman Lorena Zendejas Delgadillo with 28 percent and Vice Mayor Miguel Villalpando with 25 percent. Challenger Eddie Lopez had 19 percent of the vote. Three seats are up for grabs.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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