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District 5
Shelby Smith was elected as District 5 City Councilor in April 2014 via a runoff election to a four-year term.

Smith resigned from his seat effective July 31, 2016. 

Pursuant to the city’s Charter, when a vacancy in a City Council seat occurs the mayor shall appoint a qualified successor within 45 days of the vacancy, subject to Governing Body confirmation. If the Governing Body does not accept the mayor’s appointment, the mayor shall appoint another individual within 45 days, subject to Governing Body confirmation.  The process of mayoral appointment and Governing Body consideration of the appointment continues until the Governing Body has confirmed an appointee of the mayor to fill the position.


The next election for the District 5 City Councilor seat is March 2018. Rio Rancho Governing Body members are elected in non-partisan elections. 

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District 5 Councilor Seat Currently Vacant

City of Rio Rancho
3200 Civic Center Circle
Rio Rancho, NM 87144

505-891-5004 (office)

505-264-3755 (mobile)