Angel Fire elects new mayor

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 11/7/19

Angel Fire will have a new mayor with the new year after Jo Mixon defeated incumbent Charles Howe by 50 votes in the Tuesday (Nov. 5) municipal election.

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Angel Fire elects new mayor

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Angel Fire will have a new mayor with the new year after Jo Mixon defeated incumbent Charles Howe by 50 votes in the Tuesday (Nov. 5) municipal election.

The village east of Taos relies economically on tourism largely driven by the Angel Fire Ski Resort, which has made investments to become a year-round destination site for skiers, snowboarders, hikers and mountain bikers.

Howe took the seat of mayor when Barbara Cottam stepped down earlier in 2019. Howe was serving as mayor pro tem and filled in the empty seat until now. Angel Fire voters cast 432 total votes for the mayoral race which brought three candidates together for the seat. Mixon had 206 votes, Howe had 156 and D. Rogers Lanon had 70.

"I'm very honored to be elected into this position serving the community I love," Mixon said. "I think we have a real opportunity to move Angle Fire in a new and positive direction."

Mixon is the current president of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce and said her leadership is her main skill she will bring to the office.

"I can be trusted to make good decisions and I am not afraid to take responsibility," Mixon said in a Taos News candidate questionnaire before the election.

Due to Cottam leaving and a councilor moving to the mayor pro tem position, Angel Fire had three council seats up for grabs this year. Incumbent Susan Peterson retained her seat on the council while political newcomers Matthew Billingsley and Lawrence Trom will join the council in January.

Angel Fire voters also overwhelmingly approved a $4 million infrastructure general obligation bond for the village and a separate $4 million water and wastewater general obligation bond. Many of the candidates for the council and mayoral race said the biggest issue for their constituents is roads and infrastructure in the village.

Angel Fire Municipal Judge Richard Hill retained his seat against challenger Leonard "Bubba" Davis by 162 votes.

Voters in Eagle Nest showed up and filled 225 ballots for the two council seats available. Michelle Tousley and Jamie McCaslin will take the open two seats on the council.

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