CAMP VERDE - As expected, incumbent District 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman won the district's Republican primary on Tuesday.
And, as expected, all the Verde precincts voted decidedly for the lone Verde Valley candidate, John McReynolds, and the precincts on the other side of the Black Hills voted decidedly for Thurman, who lives in Mayer.
There were just two differences. There are more Republicans registered in the precincts outside the Verde Valley, and the districts on the other side gave a higher percentage of their votes to Thurman than the Verde districts gave to McReynolds.
As of deadline, Thurman had 2,571 votes, McReynolds 1,461 and Martin Pangburn 554.
Pangburn, who is also from the Prescott side, was totally overshadowed by Thurman and even proved to be an also-ran to McReynolds in the Prescott-side precincts. Preliminary vote totals show Pangburn came in last place in every precinct in the district.
"I'm very happy that I won," said Thurman on Wednesday. "I am particularly happy to have done better than expected in the Verde Valley.
"November is still to come, but I think I can prove to the people that if they looked at my record over here that my representation and my connections will do the Verde Valley folks a lot of good."
McReynolds said on Wednesday that he was glad to have run the race but is hoping the Verde side has a better voter turnout in November.
"It was definitely a gentleman's race, which was good. I just want to say that I still feel the Verde side needs representation and also needs to make sure it gets out and votes come November," he said.
McReynolds stopped short of endorsing either Alan "Buck" Buchanan or Wes Lance in the general election saying he has yet to talk with the other candidates.
Posted: Monday, September 3, 2012
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It constantly amazes me when I hear these tirades against Chip Davis and how the County always ignores Beaver Creek. I think some people in this area have short memories. Wasn't it just three years ago that Beaver Creek Road was totally repaved? Including a concrete pad at Schoolhouse wash? And I believe a couple of other roads in Rimrock, like Stephenson were paved too. I know some rock roads like FR 119, Brockett Ranch Road and Dragonshead Road get graded on a regular basis. And my own road Reay Road was recently improved immensely. Supposedly under a Forest Service Grant of $75,000. When the local HOA was disqualified from this grant, Chip Davis had the County apply for and administer the grant. And believe me, there was a lot more than $75,000 of work done on this road. And how about all the free dump days the County has given for BC residents? Not to mention under Chip's time in office, Sycamore Park was created.
I for one appreciate how hard Chip Davis has worked for our area.
I know a lot of candidates for supervisor made promises how they are going to cure all ills in Beaver Creek. But its a big County, and other areas have problems too. By all means keep pushing for an upgrade to the Lake Montezuma bridge, but please don't say the County never does anything for Beaver Creek and Chip Davis is a do nothing.
Posted: Sunday, September 2, 2012
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Thurman won 'AS EXPECTED'?? I didn't expect it! I was hoping John McReynolds would win the BOS position. John is a local resident who cares about the 'other side of the mountain' and knows of the struggles we have. Of course Thurman was able to draw his own district which almost guarantees him the win. How convenient for him. So now the Beaver Creek area gets ignored again only by someone other than Davis.