By Nick Worth
Election Day is over. No more dinnertime phone calls from political parties. No more attack ads on television. No more endless spin from the candidates and speculation from the media talking heads.
The course of government, federal, state and in Navajo County, has been set for the near future.
Incumbent Barack Obama (D) has been declared the winner over challenger Mitt Romney (R) in the 2012 race for presidency of the United States.
If it were up to local voters, the results would have been much different. Navajo County residents sup-ported Romney, giving him a 52.10 percent edge with 17,049 votes, while Obama gathered 15,168, or 46.53 percent of the votes.
A total of 323 voters cast their ballots for Gary Johnson (L) and 80 for Jill Stein (G). There were 104 write-in votes.
Statewide, Arizona voters felt the same, with Romney getting 902,631 votes to Obama’s 712,868. Johnson got 20,738 votes in the state and Stein received 5,068.
National results at the Tribune-News’ press time on Wednesday, showed Obama with 303 electoral votes and Romney with 206. Votes still remained to be counted in the race, but they were not expected to make a difference in the outcome.
All outcomes reported are unofficial, and will remain so until the votes are canvassed.
U.S. Senate Election
In Navajo County, Jeff Flake (R) narrowly edged out Richard Carmona (D) by a margin of only 588 votes in the race for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Jon Kyl, who will retire in January. Flake received 15,659 votes to Carmona’s 15,071.
Marc Victor (L) received 1,386 votes in the county and 32 voters submitted write-in choices in the race. The results for the entire state put Flake ahead of Carmona by a wider margin, with 808,775 votes to Carmona’s 735,292. Libertarian candidate Marc Victor pulled in 69,795 votes and there were 76 write-ins.
U.S. House of Representatives Election
In the race to fill the new District 1 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, former Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (D) defeated Jonathan Paton (R) by 132 votes in Navajo County with a total of 15,421 to Paton’s 14,289. Kim Allen (L) received 2,075 votes and there were 28 write-ins.
Districtwide results show Kirkpatrick with an advantage of 100,286 votes to Paton’s showing of 93,582. Allen received 12,112 votes in the race.
State Senate Election
Chester Crandell (R) won a decisive victory in the race for the State Senate seat in the newly drawn District 6 over Tom Chabin (D). Voters chose Crandell by a wide margin, with 6,942 votes (76.39 percent) to Chabin’s 2,134 (23.48 percent). There were 11 write-in votes.
Districtwide results show Crandell kept his lead over Chabin, though by a narrower margin. Crandell posted 37,978 votes districtwide, with Chabin receiving 32,260. There were 96 write-ins.
State House of Representatives Election
In Navajo County, Republicans Brenda Barton and Bob Thorpe won decisively over Democrats Doug Bal-lard and Angela LeFevre in the race for the State House of Representatives Legislative District 6. Barton and Thorpe received 6,248 and 6,224 votes, respectively, while 1,912 voters chose Ballard and 1,925 chose Le-Fevre. There were 15 write-ins.
Districtwide, the results were much closer, but Barton and Thorpe kept their lead over their Democratic challengers. Thorpe got the nod from 35,980 voters and Barton brought in 34,861 votes. LeFevre received 29,443 votes and Ballard got 27,916. There were 116 write-ins.
In the nine-candidate melee for three seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission, Navajo County voters chose Republican Bob Stump, and Democrats Paul Newman and Sandra Kennedy, all incumbents. Stump re-ceived 13,486 nods, while Newman received 13,823 and Kennedy 13,165.
Marcia Busching (D) received 11,169 votes, and Republicans Susan Bitter Smith and Robert Burns received 12,733 and 12,952 votes, respectively.
Christopher Gohl (L) gathered 1,403 votes and Thomas Meadows (G) and Daniel Pout (G) received 1,034 and 635 votes, respectively. There were 65 write-ins.
At the state level, the three Republicans, Bitter Smith, Burns and Stump, were elected to the commission. Stump was the vote leader with 722,434, followed by Burns at 696,394 and Bitter Smith at 690,049.
Newman received 618,251 votes, followed by Kennedy at 613,556 and Busching at 552,608. Gohl had a showing of 76,729, Meadows got 46,634 and Pout got 39,133 votes. There were 171 write-ins.
Navajo County Election
Locally, there was one upset in the election. Navajo County District III Supervisor J. R. DeSpain (D) was defeated by challenger Sylvia Allen (R). Allen won a decisive victory in the race, having gathered 4,246 votes over DeSpain’s 2,890, giving her a 59.42 percent advantage over 40.44 percent for DeSpain. There were 10 write-in votes cast.
Incumbent County Sheriff KC Clark (D) won his race against challenger Cameron D. Peterson (R) with 16,791 votes to Peterson’s 14,145. There were 49 write-in votes cast.
Navajo County Recorder Laurette Justman received 17,296 votes to defeat her challenger, Michelle Baker (R), who came out of the contest with 12,853 votes. Forty-three voters cast write-ins.
Division II Superior Court Judge Bob Higgins defeated his opponent, Shawn D. Taylor. Higgins received 14,604 votes and Taylor received 12,717.
In the District V Supervisor race, Dawnafe Whitesinger (D) was challenged by write-in candidate Dee Johnson. There were 1,255 write-in votes, but Whitesinger won handily with 3,611 votes for a 74.21 percent advantage.
In several unopposed races, county incumbents retained their positions.
District 1 Supervisor Jonathan Nez received 5,467 votes. There were 37 write-ins.
District 2 Supervisor Jesse Thompson (D) received 4,555 votes. There were 35 write-ins.
District 4 Supervisor David Tenney (R) pulled in 6,017 votes. There were 80 write-in votes.
County Attorney Brad Carlyon (D) received 20,765 votes in his unopposed race. There were 278 write-in votes.
County Treasurer Manuel “Manny” Hernandez (D) received 23,196 votes. There were 229 write-ins.
County School Superintendent Linda Lee Morrow (D) kept her position with 22,196 votes, opposed by only 240 write-in votes.
Cammy Darris (D), the incumbent County Assessor, received 22,003 votes. She was challenged in the race by 262 write-in votes.
Incumbent Division III Superior Court Judge John Lamb received 23,287 votes and was challenged by 221 write-ins.
Michala Ruechel, the incumbent Division IV Superior Court judge, received 21,994 votes against 219 write-ins.
School Board Election
Voters in Joseph City faced the challenge of choosing three candidates for the Joseph City Unified School District No. 2 board from among 10 hopefuls.
The winners in the race were Julie B. Davis, with 312 votes, Jennie Miller, 295, and Eldon Larsen, 245.
Of the remaining seven candidates, incumbent Edwin “Ed” Sorgen received 176 votes; Jason Martineau, 173; Alonzo McLaws, 150; Ivin C. Lee, 115; Karsten Flake, 93; John Cochran, 92; and Wayne Hulsey, 66. There were four write-ins.
Supreme Court Election
Arizona Supreme Court Justice John Pelander won his bid to stay on the bench with 771,767 yes votes to 270,441 no votes.
Voters in Tuesday’s election also spoke out on the various propositions on the ballot. Navajo County voters’ decisions were right in line with the rest of the state on all the propositions.
Proposition 114 was designed to protect crime victims from liability for damages suffered by a person who was injured while committing or attempting to commit a felony against the victim. The proposition passed by a vote of 20,892 in favor and 8,128 against.
Statewide, voters passed the measure 1,191,671 to 300,135.
Proposition 115, which would have initiated a complex overhaul of Arizona’s merit selection system of judges and justices, went down in defeat with 20,960 votes against the measure and only 7,354 in favor.
The statewide results show Arizona voters defeated the measure by a vote of 1,436,132 to 391,718.
Proposition 116, which sought to set the amount exempt from annual taxes on business equipment and machinery purchased after 2012 to an amount equal to the combined earnings of 50 Arizona workers, was also defeated with 16,322 votes against the measure to 11,568 for it.
In the statewide results, Prop. 116 was defeated 788,806 to 607,142.
Proposition 117, which would set a limit on the annual percentage increase in property values used to determine property taxes was passed by a margin of 14,780 votes to 13,459.
Around the state, voters passed the measure 819,943 to 617,709.
Proposition 118, which would change the formula for the State Land Trust Permanent Endowment Fund, which funds public institutions such as schools, was rejected by the voters of Navajo County 14,690 to 12,652.
At the state level, the measure was defeated by a much narrower margin, with 680,361 votes against out-weighing the 674,026 votes in favor.
Proposition 119, which would authorize the exchange of state trust lands if it is related to either protecting military facilities or improving the management of the state trust lands, won handily in Navajo County by 15,151 votes to 12,752.
In statewide voting there were 856,998 votes in favor of the measure and 530,122 against it.
Proposition 120 sought to transfer ownership and responsibility for National Parks and federal lands within the state to the state. Navajo County voters rejected the proposal by more than two to one with 17,039 votes against and 10,992 votes in favor.
Voters around the state agreed, and defeated Prop. 120 by a margin of 938,695 to 451,242.
Proposition 121, the “Top Two Primary Initiative” which sought to change the way primary elections are run did not pass in Navajo County. Local voters rejected the proposition by a vote of 19,964 against to 8,297 in favor.
Statewide the results were the same, and the measure was defeated 966,069 against to 471,906 in favor.
Proposition 204 also got a resounding “No” from Navajo County voters. The proposition would permanently increase the state sales tax by one cent per dollar, effective on June 1, 2013. There were 19,313 votes against and 9,926 for the measure in the county.
At the state level, the measure was also defeated with 986,376 “no” votes and 532,728 in favor.
By Nick Worth