Melrose elects new mayor

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Melrose elected a new mayor Tuesday and raised gross receipts taxes.

Tuck Monk with 97 votes was elected mayor by a 19-vote margin over his opponent Donald Harrell.

Monk succeeds Lance Pyle, who elected not to seek re-election.

“I don’t see any changes when I take office,” Monk said. “We’ve had a good mayor and I want to continue his program the best I can.”

Monk said he’s glad the people of Melrose came out and voted.

“This is definitely people’s choice,” he said.

The village also voted to raise the Municipal Capital Outlay Gross Receipts Tax by a quarter of a percent. Votes on the question were 119 for and 47 against.

Jewell Hill and Darrel Bostwick were chosen for two four-year term seats on the village council and Robbie Rogers took the one two-year term seat. All ran unopposed.

Incumbent R.L. Burch took the most votes for municipal judge. His 97 votes beat out Bobby Mould’s 48 and Charlie Garrett’s 29.

Fort Sumner re-elected incumbent Juan Chavez as mayor. He received 235 votes to challenger Melinda Russ’ 144.

“We will continue moving foward,” Chavez said. “We have several projects we’re working on right now. I think the citizens want those projects to move forward.”

Street work, waste water projects and issues with the swimming pool were a few of the projects Chavez named.

The city also chose an incumbent for one of the two seats available on the city council. Windell Bridges took the second highest vote count, keeping him in his seat on the council. Albert Sena took 198 votes for the other available seat.

Sena said his ability to get out and talk to people gave him the win.

“There’s various things I want to look at and work together on with the other councilmen,” he said.

Bridges said he would like to continue his work on the relationship between the city and county.

“We’re too small to be separate,” he said.

Texico mayor Jerry Cunningham ran unopposed, as did village council members Monte Cunningham, Jerry’s wife, and Oran Autrey. Municipal judge Dean Henninger also ran unopposed.

Grady mayor Wesley Shafer ran unopposed and earned 12 votes. Village council members James Schell and Harvey Hamlett ran unopposed.