New Rio Rancho mayor hopes to boost economy

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Rio Rancho voters haven chosen a new mayor in a special runoff election Tuesday.

The unofficial results Tuesday night, including early and absentee, showed Greggory Hull winning with 65 percent of the vote.

That’s compared to former Mayor Michael Williams’ 35 percent.

Neither candidate got the 50 percent they needed in the March election forcing this runoff. Former Mayor Jim Owen also ran for the position, and newcomer Morgan Braden.

Hull has lived in New Mexico for 25 years and has called Rio Rancho home for much of it, according to his website. Hull’s five children attended Rio Rancho public schools, and his wife, Carrie Hull, has worked at Intel in Rio Rancho for more than 20 years.

Hull owned his own business for more than 10 years, according to his site, but recently sold it to focus on new opportunities.

Hull says he plans to boost the economy by adding high-tech jobs and more businesses. To do that, he says Rio Rancho needs to build bigger tax base and create tax incentives for incoming businesses.

He would also like to recruit more police officers and provide more resources for them and firefighters which he says, “is crucial to building a stronger community.”

On Hull’s website, he says he plans to work full-time as mayor of Rio Rancho, and will take the job seriously.

“Public service is a calling and something I don’t take lightly,” he write on the site. “I will serve Rio Rancho as Mayor, full-time. With a growing community, we need steady and hardworking leadership. Carrie, the kids, and I love Rio Rancho and we want to give back to the community that blessed us with so many great opportunities.”

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