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Las Cruces mayor wins re-election after heated 3-way race between Democratic candidates


LAS CRUCES, New Mexico — The mayor of Las Cruces has been re-elected after a three-way race between Democrats for the position.

Mayor Ken Miyagishima earned 51 percent of the vote Tuesday, returning to the position he has held since 2007. He received 5,246 votes, more than the combined votes for challengers Miguel Silva and Gina Montoya Ortega.

The race became heated as election day grew near, with conservative political action committee GOAL WestPAC running attack ads against 52-year-old Miyagishima.

The mayor says he's run 12 campaigns and this one has been the most challenging.

The 55-year-old Silva is an outgoing city councilor. He was endorsed by conservatives in the race and challenged Miyagishima's statements that the city government is on the right track.

Montoya Ortega is a 47-year-old who campaigned on making the city more business-friendly.

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