This 2022 general election was an intense ordeal.

The Governor’s race was particularly of interest because of the rivalry between Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D) and Mark Ronchetti (R).

Lujan-Grisham won the race and didn’t shy away from mocking her opponent.

“I checked the weather today and you know what the forecast said? Four more years,” she said.

Though she joked about her opponent, she also got serious and said she was everyone’s governor, whether they are Democrat or Republican.

“We are all New Mexicans and I am here to work for all of you,” she said.

Other winners are looking ahead at the work that is to come.

Melanie Stansbury(D) won her race for Congressional District 1.

Congresswoman Melanie Stansbury(D) gives victory speech at Democratic watch party.(Michaela Helean)

State Rep., District 57, Jason Harper.(Jason Harper)


“I am excited to start working. I am proud not only to be congresswoman, but to be congresswoman of the new first congressional district,” Stansbury said.

District one was redistricted and now includes Rio Rancho and Bernalillo.

Rio Rancho also gets to see a familiar face go back to the House of Representatives in Santa Fe.

Jason Harper (R) has been district 57’s representative for nine years.

“I was born and raised in Rio Rancho, and I know and love this town like only a local can,” he said.

He already has his first year planned.

“This next year, I’d like to build on the work that I’ve been able to do the past 10 years as your State Rep. That work has included introducing and sponsoring nearly three dozen bills that have passed and been signed into law by two different governors, from differing political parties. These new laws have positively impacted things from education to healthcare, from the great outdoors to taxes, and from small businesses to jobs for New Mexicans. You can learn more about my working for you at” he said in an Observer questionnaire.

The Observer released all Sandoval County election results. Read that article here.