Coconino County, Flagstaff vote for change
As the nation watched Barack Obama make history by becoming the nation's first ever African American president, a number of state and local races were also decided in the Nov. 4. general election. This included a win by Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick for the heavily contested District 1 U.S. Representative seat presently held by embattled Republican incumbent Rick Renzi. Kirkpatrick received a total of 29,562 votes, while Republican challenger Sydney Hay took in a total of 13,676 votes. A number of local and regional candidates were re-elected and a number of new faces were also voted into office.
A total of 47,572 ballots were cast in Coconino County alone, according to election officials. This represents approximately 68 percent of total registered voters, who heavily favored Democratic candidates over Republicans.
Arizona State Senate
In the Arizona State Senate race, Republican Senator Steve Pearce of District 1 was victorious over Democrat Pat Chancerelle with 7,275 votes in Coconino and Yavapai Counties while fellow Republican Ron Gould took in 1,480 votes over Mary Landahl in District 3. In District 2, Democratic incumbent and former Navajo Nation President Albert Hale retained his position with a win over Republican Royce Jenkins of Kykotsmovi with a total of 17,820 votes.
Arizona State Representative
In the Arizona State Representatives race, Republicans Lucy Mason and Andy Tobin won the race for District 1 for the GOP with wins over Democrat Dennis Grittner. Mason and Tobin garnered 6,824 and 6,450 votes respectively while Grittner came in a respectable third with 6,162 votes. In the District 2 race, Democrats Tom Chabin and political newcomer Christopher Deschenie, a Navajo originally from Lechee, each won with a total of 18,513 and 14,747 votes respectively.
Coconino County Board of Supervisors
Running unopposed, District 1 Supervisor Carl Taylor retained his position on the Board with 7,305 votes. District 2 Supervisor Elizabeth Archuleta, who also ran unopposed, retained her position with 5,778 votes. In District 3, Matt Ryan won with 7,005 votes and Mandy Metzger claimed the District 4 Supervisor position over Barry Guillet with 5,510 votes. Metzger will take over for Deb Hill, who will retire at the end of her term.
In the highly contested seat for District 5, which includes the Navajo communities of Cameron, Gray Mountain, Coppermine, Tuba City and Page, Lena Fowler of Tuba City successfully won her bid for a position on the Board over Faron Morgan, also of Tuba City, with a total of 4,087 votes. Fowler will replace longtime Supervisor Louise Yellowman, who will be retiring at the end of her term after serving an unprecedented 28 years on the Board.
Tuba City Unified School District Board
Several individuals were elected to serve on the Tuba City Unified School District (TCUSD) Governing Board on Nov. 4. With 2,772 and 2,340 votes respectively, Judy Begay and Marie Wheeler were both named to the TCUSD Governing Board. Hopi chiropractor Alan Numkena retained his position on the Board with a total of 2,197 votes.