As Your Representative for District 6...

They say all politics are local. Which is why all local politics hit even closer to home. What happens in City Hall directly impacts what happens in your family, neighborhood and future. Especially here, especially now. We have worked too hard and come too far  to leave the future of Las Cruces in the hands of those who are learning on the job. You know Councilor Yvonne Flores. Most importantly she knows you and cares about the same issues that you do.

As Your Representative for District 6...

They say all politics are local. Which is why all local politics hit even closer to home. What happens in City Hall directly impacts what happens in your family, neighborhood and future. Especially here, especially now. We have worked too hard and come too far  to leave the future of Las Cruces in the hands of those who are learning on the job. You know Councilor Yvonne Flores. Most importantly she knows you and cares about the same issues that you do.

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Councilor Flores gets the difference between public opinion and public policy. With all of the grandstanding, disinformation and downright aggression dominating local politics these days, the prospect of finding a candidate you trust to represent your values as well as your interests can be as exhausting as it is time consuming. That’s the beauty of re-electing Yvonne Flores to the Las Cruces City Council. She’s had her finger on the pulse of Las Cruces since 2017. She doesn’t have to rely on finger pointing or being the loudest voice in the room to prove that she’s got a firm grasp on the issues. Councilor Flores believes in letting her results do the talking.

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Las Cruces Sun News Article

LAS CRUCES – When its city council convenes for the first time next year, all six Las Cruces districts will for the first time be represented by women.

Becki GrahamBecky Corran and Yvonne Flores all won their respective elections for city council districts 3, 5 and 6 on Tuesday, Nov. 2. They’ll join Kasandra Gandara, Tessa Abeyta Stuve and Johana Bencomo on the council.

Graham defeated conservative third-time District 3 candidate Bev Courtney and write-in candidate Greg Shervanick in a ranked choice race with 52 percent of the vote, while Corran won a four-person ranked choice race for her seat against Robert Paquette, Ronnie Sisneros and David Telford with 56.4 percent of the vote after three rounds of tabulation. Flores defeated William Beerman with 54 percent of the vote.

While districts 1 through 6 will be represented by women, they still will be joined by Mayor Ken Miyagishima, who sits on the council as an at-large member.

“I think that the voters have chosen the strongest candidates, so I am absolutely comfortable in expressing my excitement on being on an all-woman council,” Graham, a senior program manager at New Mexico State University Arrowhead Center, told the Sun-News early Wednesday morning when asked about the historic first. 

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“My very original interest in politics was from my grandmother who came up through World War II and was always so excited to see more women getting involved in politics,” the incoming District 3 councilor said. “And I just imagine how she’d feel seeing me as one of six women sitting up on the dais.”

Corran, a former NMSU Faculty Senate chair who currently leads Doña Ana Community College’s humanities and social sciences department, said this year’s results are “one step to counterbalancing” years of all-male councils.

“I think it’s a cool opportunity to bring a different voice to the city council, so I’m excited,” Corran said. “It feels kind of historic to me.”

“I believe we’ve set a precedent,” said Flores, the District 6 councilor who won a second term Tuesday and was the only incumbent on the ballot of the three council races. 

“Having the women on city council will bring a different perspective as to how we approach local politics,” Flores said. “We (the council) bring a wealth of information, we bring a wealth of diversity and a wealth of different viewpoints.”

More:Here are the 2021 Doña Ana County Local Election results

“Because (women have) been historically underrepresented, or not represented at all, and continue (to be) in many ways,” Flores continued, “(this) sets a good example for younger women and I think it gives people hope.”

“I think it fits right in line with all the priorities that we’ve set forth with council,” Gandara, who also serves as mayor pro tempore, said. “It’ll be a breath of fresh air.”

Graham, Corran and Flores will take the oath of office at City Hall during the Dec. 20 city council meeting. Doña Ana County Clerk Amanda López Askin said a date for the countywide swearing-in ceremony isn’t set yet but would occur toward the end of December. Their terms begin Jan. 1.

Michael McDevitt is a city and county government reporter for the Sun-News. He can be reached at 575-202-3205, mmcdevitt@lcsun-news.com or @MikeMcDTweets on Twitter.

City conducts swearing-in ceremony for council

Newly elected Las Cruces City Councilor Becki Graham, second from left, and her family members applaud as Councilor Yvonne Flores is sworn in by District Court Judge Conrad Perea at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021.

Newly elected Las Cruces City Councilor Becki Graham, second from left, and her family members applaud as Councilor Yvonne Flores is sworn in by District Court Judge Conrad Perea at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021.
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Las Cruces City Councilor Becky Corran, district 5, is sworn in by District Court Judge Conrad Perea at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021.

Las Cruces City Councilor Becky Corran, district 5, is sworn in by District Court Judge Conrad Perea at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021.
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Las Cruces City Councilor Becki Graham, district 3, is sworn in by District Court Judge Conrad Perea at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021.

Las Cruces City Councilor Becki Graham, district 3, is sworn in by District Court Judge Conrad Perea at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021.
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Las Cruces City Councilor Yvonne Flores, district 6, renews her oath of office to District Court Judge Conrad Perea at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. This is Flores' second term as councilor.

Las Cruces City Councilor Yvonne Flores, district 6, renews her oath of office to District Court Judge Conrad Perea at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. This is Flores’ second term as councilor.
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Las Cruces City Councilor Yvonne Flores, district 6, renews her oath of office to District Court Judge Conrad Perea at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. This is Flores' second term as councilor.

Las Cruces City Councilor Yvonne Flores, district 6, renews her oath of office to District Court Judge Conrad Perea at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. This is Flores’ second term as councilor.
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Las Cruces City Councilor Gill Sorg, district 5, speaks during his last city council meeting at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. Sorg chose not to run again in the 2021 election after 12 years serving the city.

Las Cruces City Councilor Gill Sorg, district 5, speaks during his last city council meeting at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. Sorg chose not to run again in the 2021 election after 12 years serving the city.
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Las Cruces City Councilor Tessa Abeyta Stuve, district 2, checks her notes during a city council meeting at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021.

Las Cruces City Councilor Tessa Abeyta Stuve, district 2, checks her notes during a city council meeting at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021.
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Las Cruces City Councilor Gabe Vasquez speaks about his journey as councilor for district 3 at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. Vasquez chose not to run in the 2021 election.

Las Cruces City Councilor Gabe Vasquez speaks about his journey as councilor for district 3 at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. Vasquez chose not to run in the 2021 election.
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Las Cruces City Councilor Gabe Vasquez speaks about his journey as councilor for District 3 with Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima to the right at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. Vasquez chose not to run in the 2021 election.

Las Cruces City Councilor Gabe Vasquez speaks about his journey as councilor for District 3 with Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima to the right at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. Vasquez chose not to run in the 2021 election.
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Gabe Vasquez, outgoing city councilor for district 3, checks his phone during his last city council meeting at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. Vasquez chose not to run in the 2021 election.

Gabe Vasquez, outgoing city councilor for district 3, checks his phone during his last city council meeting at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. Vasquez chose not to run in the 2021 election.
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Las Cruces city councilors Johana Bencomo, district 4, and Gill Sort, district 5 attend the last city council meeting of the year at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021.

Las Cruces city councilors Johana Bencomo, district 4, and Gill Sort, district 5 attend the last city council meeting of the year at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021.
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Gil Sorg, outgoing city councilor for District 5, attends his last city council meeting at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. Sorg chose not to run in the 2021 election after 12 years serving the city.

Gil Sorg, outgoing city councilor for District 5, attends his last city council meeting at Las Cruces City Hall on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. Sorg chose not to run in the 2021 election after 12 years serving the city.
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