Sheriff showdown: incumbent takes newbie in sole contested race
While the country was embroiled in a bitter midterm election season, the political playing field was rather uneventful in Taos County, save for one race: Taos County sheriff. The election saw Democratic incumbent Jerry Hogrefe (pictured here at his primary election party in June) face off against first-time candidate Jani Dean Davis, a Republican. Theirs was the only contested election locally. While it was all but assured Taos County would elect a Democrat for that office (and every other office, too), the race was active. Davis both out-raised and out-spent Hogrefe, and supporters of both candidates littered the county with political signs. However, for all the excitement leading up the race, Hogrefe pulled off a comfortable win that matched his performance in 2014.