On Tuesday night, the Prescott Resort was filled with hundreds of hopeful, yet disbelieving Republicans gathered to watch the election results roll in. While cheers erupted spontaneously as results showed on the screens, the dedicated political junkies in the room still appeared stunned as the Presidential electoral votes tallied up for their candidate. By the end of the evening, people were looking at one another in astonishment saying, “Could it really happen? Could Trump really become President?”
Of course, now we know the answer: Yes, he can and he did. Congratulations! Next comes the hard part. Governing.
In Arizona and locally, there were many other races and issues to consider: Arizona Legislature positions, the Marijuana initiative, and a potentially new, higher minimum wage. We have a pretty good idea of the results, but there are still lots of outstanding ballots, so most races are not decided with finality.
The closest race in Yavapai County is that for the Central Yavapai Fire District. ViciLee Jacobs leads Michael Clesceri by just 140 votes. The biggest comeback has to be David Stringer. After a contentious primary race for LD1, in which Stringer defeated Chip Davis by just 349 votes, he came back to hold a commanding lead of more than 15K votes over Peter Pierson, his Democratic opponent.
Here’s how the preliminary results stand as of 9AM, Wednesday, November 9 (leaders are highlighted):
The following candidates ran unopposed:
Arizona State Senator: Karen Fann
Board of Supervisors: Rowle Simmons (District 1); Tom Thurman (District 2); Randy Garrison (District 3); Craig Brown (District 4) and Jack Smith (District 5).
County Assessor: Judd Simmons
County Sheriff: Scott Mascher
County Attorney: Sheila Polk
County Treasurer: Ross Jacobs
County Recorder: Leslie Hoffman
County School Superintendent: Tim Carter