William Ponce has been elected La Paz County’s new Sheriff, David Plunkett has been elected the new District 1 County Supervisor, and Richard Garcia has won his own term as La Paz County Recorder. These are some of the races that can be called at the close of vote-counting on Election Day, Nov. 3.
Like the rest of the nation, La Paz County residents went to the polls Nov. 3. When the counting of votes ended that evening, County Elections Director Kevin Scholl said there were still some 550 to 600 outstanding votes. These included provisional ballots, early ballots turned in to polling places on Election Day, and write-in votes that needed to be verified and assigned to candidates.
Even with the outstanding votes, some races can be called. Ponce, a Republican, was elected Sheriff with 4,454 votes, or 68.7 percent of the total. Democrat Felipe Rodriguez had 1,180 votes (18.2 percent) while Independent candidate Mike Roth had 822 votes, or 12.68 percent.
In the race for District 1 Supervisor, Plunkett faced a write-in candidate, the incumbent, D.L. Wilson. Plunkett had 1,426 votes for 74.9 percent of the total. Wilson had 137 write-in votes, but there were 341 write-in votes still waiting to be assigned at the end of counting.
Garcia was named County Recorder after the retirement of longtime Recorder Shelly Baker. A Republican, he faced a challenge from Democrat Mesena Tunnell-Gilbert. Garcia received 4,388 votes (68.22 percent) to 2,033 (31.61 percent) for Tunnell-Gilbert.
Two local propositions were on the ballot. Prop 403, the Parker “home rule” proposition, appeared to have passed, with 719 “yes” votes to 427 “no” votes.
The other local proposition was Prop 404, a vote to continue the budget override for the Parker Unified School District. The vote on this one was close, and it was too tight to call at the end of counting Nov. 3. The “yes” votes were ahead of the “no” votes, 1,629 to 1,530.
Richard Lamb won one of the two seats on the Arizona Western College board. He defeated Zafer Liberty Genc, 1,618 votes (66.04 percent) to 819 (33.43 percent).
As for the other seat on the AWC Board, it was too close to call. Kenneth MacFarland led Richard Tozer, 1,484 votes (55.87 percent) to 1,137 (42.81 percent).
In the vote for a seat on the Quartzsite Town Council, Karey Amon led Dennis Vosper, 421 votes to 411.
In the race for two seats on the Quartzsite School Board, Kelly Simpson had 772 votes, Kathy Thevenin had 546, and Michael Clowser White had 461. There were 23 write-in votes for Pamela Keelin, with 89 write-in votes not assigned.
Several incumbents ran unopposed for their offices and were re-elected. They included District 2 Supervisor Duce Minor, District 3 Supervisor Holly Irwin, County Attorney Tony Rogers, Treasurer Leah Castro and Assessor Anna Camacho. Dru Waggoner ran unopposed for County School Superintendent and was elected.
For full election results, go to the website of the La Paz County Elections Department. For statewide results, go to the website of the Arizona Secretary of State’s office.