VERDE VALLEY - With 100 percent of the ballots counted as of 8 p.m. Aug. 30, former Cottonwood Council member Randy Garrison will become the new District 3 County Supervisor, defeating former Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens by gaining 61.40 percent of the vote versus Joens' 38.43 percent.
"I felt good about it, but then again, I felt good the last time I ran and I lost by a couple votes, so you never know," said Garrison.
"This whole experience has been extremely humbling. I have to thank everyone involved. My wife Debbie, all the supporters, all the friendships, it's been a fantastic time walking my district meeting my community," he said.
When asked what the people on the street told him that they wanted out of their county supervisor, Garrison said, "They want to be recognized, they want to be heard, they want a voice. Chip (Davis, the former 20-year supervisor who left to run for State House of Representatives) has been a very strong voice for long time, he has some very large shoes to fill. I think I can do well and I hope to hit the ground running."
His opponent Joens was gracious in her loss and remained philosophical about her effort.
"I apparently am supposed to be doing other things. I want to wish my opponent Randy the very best. You know, I'm really fine with it," said Joens.
Joens did admit to being a bit surprised, as "two county supervisors told me they thought I would win," although she declined to disclose names.
When asked what was next for her after serving nine years as Cottonwood mayor, Joens said, "I'll be catching up with other things. I've served people in this community 24/7 so I have a long list of things I need done to try to do good things for others."
Joens hinted at the contentious race against Garrison, saying, "We want things to be positive. This was a very negative race and I stayed positive. I didn't want to wallow in the mud. Life is going to go on whether I won or lost."
Thanking her supporters, Joens said, "They all worked very hard. You know, we already made plans. We have such a great working relationship."