Preliminary Unofficial Election Results
Supervisors-elect Tommie Cline Martin and Shirley Dawson will not be the first women to lead the county.
"About 80 years ago a woman filled out her husband's term" Martin said.
But Martin and Dawson are the first women the voters have elected to the
Board of Supervisors for Gila County.
Martin, a Republican, received 4,508 or 71 percent of the votes in District One to Democrat Jim Whitely's 1,813, or 29 percent.
Dawson, a Democrat, won 3,388 or 68 percent of the votes in District Three to Republican Bill Fogle's 1,553 or 31 percent.
Gila County Sheriff
Incumbent Gila County Sheriff John Armer (D) won with 9,269 votes (54 percent) to Republican challenger Kim Pound's 7,804 votes (46 percent).
Gila County School
Republican challenger Linda O'Dell unseated incumbent county school superintendent Armida Bittner by 8,725 (53 percent) to 7,873 (47 percent).
The Payson region's constable post was won by Republican Sam Brewer with 5,628 (66 percent). Democrat Roger Freeman had 2,950 votes (34 percent).
Winning college board posts were Ron Christensen, Larry Stephenson, Michael Pastor, Robert Ashford, and Bernadette Kniffin.
"One thing is certain, there was a terrific voter turn-out," said Jo Johnson, administrative assistant to Gila County District One Supervisor Ron Christensen, who was at the Payson Recorder's Office with Dixie Mundy, the county's director of elections.
Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District
Voters in the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District selected seven people for its re-formed board:
Barbara Hall, 601
Donald L. Smith, 538
Glenn L. Brown, 505
Paul B. Paul, 465
John O. Breninger, 450
Gary R. Sherlock, 437
Forrest McCoy, 431
Making unsuccessful bids for the board were:
Tom Filesi, 407
Robert S. Grala, 381
Watch payson.com for updated local election results.