August 31, 2012
Gila County District 3 Supervisor candidate Ronnie McDaniel watched election results at the county offices in Payson.
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South County will remain in firm control of the Gila County Board of Supervisors, with the surprising third-place finish of Ronnie McDaniel for a four-year seat on the board. A former judge, law enforcement officer and Star Valley resident, McDaniel placed third in a race that hinged on low turnout in the north. The vote split geographically, but Globe’s turnout was more than double Payson's. No Republicans ran for the District 3 supervisorial seat, so the position will likely go to Globe businessman John Marcanti of Globe. Marcanti won 512 votes or 37 percent; Marvin Mull Jr. of San Carlos, had 481 ballots cast for him (35 percent); and McDaniel had 384 or 28 percent of the vote.