While votes continue to be tallied in some races, in particular the neck-and-neck, McSally-Sinema battle for the state senatorship, local races have been decided.
Unofficially, Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Bruce Staggs held off the stiff challenge from Del Thola. Staggs, the Republican nominee, received 2,319 for 50.25 percent of the vote. Thola, a local businessman who ran as an Independent, received 48 percent for 2,218 votes.
Benson Unified School District’s $3 million bond question received passage, 1,495 [52 percent] to 1,375 [47.9 percent] along with continuation of the San Pedro Valley Hospital District Tax Levy, 2,542 [54.6 percent] to 2,113 [45.39 percent] and continuation of St. David Unified School District’s override, 724 [52.9 percent] to 643 [47 percent].
Bond funds are to be used for security, transportation and technological improvements, BUSD Superintendent of Schools Micah Mortensen has said.
The Secretary of State’s office has declared the race for the Senate between Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally too close to call with final results tallies expected in a couple of days. McSally carried Cochise County.
Vicky Konrad and Jack Comaduran were elected to seats on BUSD School Board. Konrad received 1,556 votes and Comaduran 1,283.
Prop. 127, the clean energy initiative, was soundly defeated, as well as Prop. 305, the school voucher empowerment expansion. That one went down by a 2-1 margin.