Tony Rogers has been re-elected as the La Paz County Attorney after provisional and ‘late early’ ballots were added to the final election count Monday.
Rogers and challenger Kathy Field, who currently serves as the Public Defender, ran a heated campaign that went right up to the wire with less than 300 votes between them in last Tuesday’s count, or about 6 percent of the vote. By Monday’s total, the split was 53% – 47%, cementing Rogers’ win.
Another race too close to call last week was District 1 Supervisor, with less than 9 percent separating incumbent D.L. Wilson from challenger Missi Gilbert. By today, Wilson’s re-election had been confirmed with a total 54 percent of the vote. Holly Irwin was also re-elected as District 3 Supervisor with 66 percent of the vote against challenger Gary Zak.
The new La Paz County Sheriff will be Bill Risen, who won with a safe 64 percent margin over Frank Vidrine. The new District 2 Supervisor will be Duce Minor, who took 68 percent of the vote in that race against Luke Marler. County Schools Superintendent Jacque Price was elected to the office she was recently appointed to, with 57 percent of the vote against challenger Armando Heredia. County Assessor will be Anna Camacho, who won in the primary election in August.
The future of County Administrator Dan Field is now an open question. Supervisor D.L. Wilson attempted to fire him in September 2015 in a motion which failed when neither of the other two supervisors voted with him. Supervisor-Elect Duce Minor openly said that he has not been happy with Field’s job performance during the campaign. Wilson’s rationale for the motion at the time was “fundamental differences of opinion”.
Another open question is who Sheriff-Elect Bill Risen will choose as his second-in-command at the Sheriff’s Department. Currently the position is held by Commander Larry Irwin, whose wife has been re-elected supervisor by the voters of District 3.
Don Rountree, Jeff Daniel and Wayne Posey appear to have edged out John Mehelich and Pat Jones on the Buckskin Fire Board, with Mehelich behind Posey by just 5 votes.
Look over the raw results at the County’s website HERE.