Incumbent Dorothy Little won the Payson justice of the peace election Tuesday night, unofficially by a margin of 22.83 percent, according to the early ballots and votes that were cast on election day.
Before the results are official, the Gila County Elections Department must first count the remaining early and provisional ballots.
The Gila County Board of Supervisors, as always, will canvass the votes to make them official at its next meeting.
Dixie Mundy, of the Gila County Elections Department, said the final results should be available tonight or Saturday morning.
Little received 1,736 votes or 51.68 percent of the vote, leading Dan Hill who garnered 969 votes (28.85 percent) and Barry Standifird who received 654 votes (19.47 percent).
Little said she is 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 who voted for me."
Over the next four years, Little wants to offer education on the court system to the schools, and tell students what it means when they get charged with a crime or are given a traffic citation. She said she has worked with the schools a few times, but thinks she can now get more information out to parents and students.
"A criminal record lasts a lifetime," she said. "It may (actually) deter some crime."
She said her main goal for the next four years is to continue to run the magistrate as it has been operated before. Little, who mentioned she is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, handles mostly misdemeanor cases.
Candidate Dan Hill was disappointed when he heard the numbers Tuesday night.
"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."
Standifird said he wanted to thank all the people who supported him and congratulate Little.
"I look forward to coming before the honorable Dorothy Little for many years," he said.
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