August 23, 2012
Sadie Jo Tomerlin
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Gila County recorder incumbent Sadie Jo Tomerlin handily defeated Republican challenger Max Feezor in the entirely civil race that offered a rare chance for a North County resident to win a countywide office. Meanwhile, assessor candidate Deborah Hughes beat out her opponents in the Republican primary on Tuesday, setting up a general election face-off with longtime Democratic incumbent Dale Hom. Feezor’s closely watched challenge turned largely on an alarmingly low turnout in North County, where most precincts attracted only about 12 percent of the registered voters compared to more like 30 percent in Globe. North County has a majority of the population and pays 70 percent of the taxes, but nearly all the county officials come from Globe. Tomerlin, who had previously run as a Democrat, received 40 percent more of the votes than Feezor.
The Gila County recorder’s office — generally a boring office no one thinks about, especially around election time. But not this year.