The results are in for the Payson justice of the peace election. Dorothy Little has unofficially won by a margin of 22.83 percent, according to the tally released Wednesday morning.
Before the winner is official, the Gila County Elections Department must first count the remaining early and provisional ballots. After which, the Gila County Board of Supervisors will canvass the votes.
The results should be official no later than Saturday morning.
Little received 1,736 votes or 51.68 percent percent of the vote, leading Dan Hill who garnered 969 votes (28.85 percent) and Barry Standifird who received 654 votes or 19.47 percent.
Little said she would be honored to continue to serve as the Payson justice of the peace, adding this was her first election.
"It's been a learning experience and quite different from what I am used to," she said. " I am looking forward to the next four years. I want to thank everyone that voted for me."
Hill was disappointed when he heard the numbers.
"I don't know what else we could have done," he said. "It was not meant to be. I am surprised there is that big of a difference ( in votes), but numbers don't lie."
Attempts to reach Standifird, who is working at a trial in Globe, were unsuccessful.