BLOOMFIELD — The turn out was low, but it was good enough to secure re-election for incumbent Bloomfield Municipal Judge Marlon Maloy.

Maloy beat challenger Kristi Phillips 181 to 97 on Tuesday. Bloomfield City Clerk Jamie Thomas said 278 votes were cast. Results were finalized after 9 p.m. Tuesday.

"I'm happy about it. I'll continue right on through," said Maloy, when he learned he had won. "I really honestly try to do what is right and uphold the law and hope the vote tonight shows the approval of the people and the work I'm doing."

In defeat, Phillips vowed to stay engaged with local issues and continue serving her hometown.

"We need to vote and have our opinions known and be involved, and I did everything I could do," Phillips said. "I was honest and forthright to let voters know that there was a choice. Our government has run on auto-pilot. If I've opened the eyes of one citizen of Bloomfield, it was worth it."

Maloy was first elected in 2010, after being appointed alternate judge by the city in 2009.

For 27 years, Maloy was a woodshop and drafting teacher at Mesa Alta High School. He also ran a cabinet-making business and served as a missionary in Croatia with his wife for a year and a half.

James Fenton covers Aztec and Bloomfield for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4621 and Follow him @fentondt on Twitter.