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New city council set to go


Becki Graham and Becky Corran will begin four-year terms on the Las Cruces City Council Jan. 1. Corran, accompanied by two guests, and Graham, joined by her husband, Mike Graham, and her mother, Julia Roan, were sworn in at Las Cruces City Hall Dec. 21 by Third Judicial District Judge Conrad Perea. Yvonne Flores was sworn in for a second term. They join Mayor Pro Tempore Kassandra Gandara and Councilors Tessa Abeyta-Stuve and Johana Bencomo on what will be Las Cruces’ first-ever all-female city council, serving with Mayor Ken Miyagishima, who became the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history in November. Graham replaces Gabriel Vasquez, who did not seek a second term on the council and is running for Congress. Corran replaces Gill Sorg, who served 12 years on the council and didn’t run for a fourth term. Instead, he was elected in November to the Doña Ana Soil and Water Conservation Board of Supervisors.