SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Unofficial results show that a New Mexico mayoral candidate who’s barred from city hall in the troubled border city because of extortion charges has been elected mayor.
Sunland Park mayor pro tem Daniel Salinas garnered the most votes Tuesday in defeating two others, even though he is accused of being involved in a plot to force an opponent out of the race by secretly recording him receiving a lap dance from a topless woman.
Gerardo Hernandez, the candidate filmed getting the lap dance, told the Las Cruces Sun-News that he will challenge the results, saying that Salinas got most of his votes through absentee ballots.
“Pretty much since the start of the election we were talking about the absentee numbers,” Hernandez told the paper.
Salinas and two other city workers face charges in the alleged extortion case. Salinas has denied the allegations.
Meanwhile, a second Sunland Park city employee also faces voter fraud charges. The Sun-News reports 26-year-old Priscilla Morales, of El Paso, was arrested Tuesday as part of a state voter fraud probe.
It was unclear if she had an attorney.
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