The Grand Old Party still rules in Yavapai County as Republicans easily outdistanced their Democratic and Libertarian challengers in Tuesday's General Election.
President George Bush with 61 percent of the vote, U.S. Sen. John McCain with 78 percent and Dist. 1 U.S. Congressman Rick Renzi with 61 percent of the vote all were easy winners among Yavapai County voters Tuesday.
The GOP dominance continued in state legislative races as incumbent State Sen. Ken Bennett (Dist. 1) held back challenger Susan Friedman. Bennett received 33,003 votes, or 61 percent of the total votes cast, as compared to Friedman's 20,768 votes.
In the race for the District 1 Arizona House of Representatives, incumbents Lucy Mason and Tom O'Halleran were convincing winners among Yavapai County voters over three other challengers. Mason was the top vote-getter in the county with 32,143 votes while O'Halleran received 30,851.
In partial statewide vote counting late Tuesday, Bennett, Mason and O'Halleran were leading by similar margins.
In the lone contested race for a seat on the County Board of Supervisors, former State Treasurer Carol Springer claimed the District 3 seat to join newcomer Tom Thurman (Dist. 2) and longtime Verde Valley incumbent Chip Davis on the three-person board.
In the race for county assessor, Republican Victor Hambrick was an easy winner. Hambrick received 37,984 votes, of 63 percent of the ballots cast, compared to 21,899 for Vic McKerlie.
And, in Verde Valley school board elections Tuesday, in Camp Verde, Andy Ayers was the top vote-getter with 1,316 votes. Also elected in Camp Verde were incumbent Linda MacPhee (1,253 votes) and Deborah Barber (1,028 votes).
In the Mingus Union District, incumbent Bryan Detwiler was the favorite among district voters with 4,893 votes. Newcomer Scott Stokes finished second with 4,294 votes and incumbent Tom Parmarter claimed the final seat with 3,779 votes. Leland Wieweck, who has served on the board for 12 years, failed in his re-election bid. He received 3,584 votes.
In statewide races, partial results late Tuesday showed incumbent Rick Renzi will return to the U.S. House of Representatives. With five of the eight counties partial ballots counted, Renzi had received about 60 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Paul J. Babbitt.
In other federal races, President Bush appeared to be the favorite among statewide voters with about 55 percent of the vote, while John McCain was an easy winner in the race for U.S. Senate with 76 percent of the vote.
Please see the Friday editions of The Verde Independent/Camp Verde Bugle for complete elections results.