The Rim Country will have only one homegrown representative on the Gila County Board of Supervisors for another four years.
Ronnie McDaniel of Star Valley appears to have lost his bid for the Democratic nomination for District 3 supervisor to John Marcanti of Globe by 108 votes. One of the 10 precincts within District 3 had yet to be counted as of 8 a.m., Wednesday.
The other Democratic hopeful for the seat, Marvin Mull Jr. of San Carlos, had 261 votes. Marcanti had 473 ballots cast in his favor; McDaniel had 365.
Only 10,089 out of Gila County’s 31,615 registered voters participated in the Aug. 28 primary, a 32 percent voter turnout. No candidate could muster anymore than around 4,000 votes in any contest. In fact only two candidates, in uncontested races, garnered more than 4,000 votes: Linda O’Dell (R), running unopposed for Gila County Superintendent of Schools had 4,683 votes, with one precinct out of 39 reported; and Don Ascoli, seeking the Republican nomination for county treasurer won 4,400 votes.
Veteran county attorney Daisy Flores (R), lost her bid for reelection to challenger Bradley Beauchamp (R), 3,096 to 2,661, with 38 of 39 precincts counted.
The most active race, that for sheriff, will be between Republican Adam Shepherd and Democrat Craig Jones. Shepherd received 3,667 votes to Darrell Stubbs’ 2,092, with 38 of 39 precincts counted. Jones bested Ron Van Buskirk 2,410 to 1,024.
For more complete results go to results.enr.clarityelections.com/AZ/Gila/41017/98192/Web01/en/summary.html