9/10/08 - Final election results for Sept. 2 primary

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Coconino County Elections staff has now completed the tabulation of the results for the Sept. 2 Primary Election. In the Coconino County Supervisor race in Districts 4 and 5, Democrats Mandy Metzger and Lena Fowler both won their respective primaries and will move on to the general elections in November.

Metzger, an Anderson Mesa resident, beat challenger Steve Darden by a close margin of 43 votes. She will go on to face Republican Barry Guillet for the District 4 Supervisor seat being vacated by Deb Hill, who is retiring at the end of her term.

Fowler won by an even closer margin - just 28 votes - to win her bid for the District 5 seat presently held by Louise Yellowman, who will be retiring at the end of her term after an unprecedented 28 years as District 5 Supervisor. Fowler, a resident of Tuba City, defeated Gulf War veteran and fellow Democrat Jamescita Peshlakai of Cameron. Fowler will go on to face Republican Faron Morgan, who also hails from Tuba City.

The final "unofficial" results can be viewed on the County website at www.coconino.az.gov; click on "Election Results" under Latest News; or go straight to the Elections site at www.coconino.az.gov/elections and click on "Current Election Results".

These results include early ballots dropped off at the polling locations or the Elections Office, and ballots that were received in the mail by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Sept. 2. In addition, the total includes "provisional" ballots cast at the polls that, after processing, were determined to be valid.

On Friday, Sept. 12, the Board of Supervisors will "canvass" the election, which will certify the results. Coconino County will then send an original signed copy of their results to the Secretary of State's Office to be included in the statewide "canvass" scheduled for Sept. 15.

For more information, call the Elections Office at (928) 779-6589 or toll-free at (800) 793-6181.

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