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Election Guide: Reaction from winners, and unofficial results to key races

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Ann Kirkpatrick

Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 11:29 am | Updated: 3:37 pm, Wed Sep 19, 2012.

Though results are still considered unofficial by the Pima County Elections Department, there are some clear victors in the Aug. 28 primary election. The primary winners now move on to the Nov. 6 General Election.

U.S. Rep. in Congress - Dist. 1

Jonathon Paton received 74.8 percent of the total votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting to defeat GOP opponents Martin Gaither (10.22 percent), Douglas Wade (10.19 percent), and Patrick Gatti (4.38 percent).

Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick received 76.26 percent of the votes to defeat Benally Baldenegro. She and Paton will square off in the General Election.

Regarding the win, Paton recognized the hard work of his team

“This victory is the result of hard work by hundreds of volunteers and supporters,” he said in a release. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to take our message of fiscal responsibility and jobs into the General Election. I look forward to a spirited campaign and debate about the direction of our country.”

In a release, Kirkpatrick said she was humbled by the decision of voters.

“To me, the people of this district are more than voters,” she said. “They are my friends and neighbors- my extended family. I will be deeply honored to represent these good people as the Democratic nominee for Congressional District One.”

U.S. Senator

With 99.7 percent of precincts reporting, Republican Jeff Flake will face Democrat Richard Carmona in the General Election after defeating his GOP counterparts by receiving 70.62 percent of the total votes.

Flake defeated primary opponents Wil Cardon (19.64 percent), Clair Van Steenwyk (6.03 percent), and Bryan Hackbarth (3.37 percent).

Carmona ran unopposed for the Democrats.

In a release, Flake voiced his appreciation to those involved in the election race.

“I’d like to thank Arizona’s Republican primary voters for trusting me with the nomination,” he said. “I’d also like to thank all of our supporters and volunteers for their hard work and dedication, my primary opponents for running strong campaigns focused on the issues. Most of all, I want to thank my family for all of their sacrifice and understanding this past year and a half. Moving on to the General Election, the stakes couldn’t be higher, and the choice before Arizonans couldn’t be clearer. I can’t wait to debate the issues.”

Pima County Sheriff

Mark Napier received 43.27 percent of the votes to defeat his GOP opponents Terry Frederick (15.82 percent), Chester Manning (15.04 percent), Vinson Holck (14.61 percent), and Walt Setzer (10.76 percent), with 99.7 percent of the precincts reporting.

Napier received 25,615 total votes.

“I feel wonderful about the win,” said Napier. “I have a great team that worked to deliver a simple message- it’s time for a new sheriff. It’s time we had an engaged, dynamic and professional sheriff that engages the citizens, and I think that message resonated with voters.”

Napier will face Democratic candidate and current Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, as well as Green Party candidate Dave Croteau in the Nov. 6 General Election. Dupnik has yet to lose an election for the position, though Napier is hoping to change that.

“We will keep up with our positive message to people that new leadership is needed,” said Napier. “I think people are ready for a change.”

Napier, who currently works full time for the University of Arizona, said his initial priorities if elected would be to reestablish cooperation with other law enforcement agencies in the area by opening lines of communication, as well as acting as a visible leader for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 1

Republican Ally Miller received 37.8 percent of the total votes to edge Mike Hellon, who received 31.76 percent of the votes. Trailing Hellon were State Rep. Vic Williams at 21.51 percent, and Stuart McDaniel at 8.77 percent.

“I’m obviously thrilled with the result,” said Miller. “I’ve never been in the political arena before. There was a lot of hard work by my team. We had a strategy and we executed, and the voters spoke loudly.”

Miller said she plans to follow through with her running platform if she wins the General Election.

“We’re aiming to end the corruption in Pima County by bringing accountability,” she said. “We want to bring jobs to the area by working with state legislation and the University of Arizona. Pima County needs to be a job incubator. We are educating our students and they are going to other communities because we have an anti-business climate. We need to change our image, and I’m very excited about being a part of that.”

Miller recognized Oro Valley, Marana, and Sahuarita as being active leaders in bringing jobs to the county.

Miller, who received 8,207 total votes, will face Democrat Nancy Young Wright in the General Election. Wright ran unopposed.

“We have a strategy, but we are saving that for when the time comes,” said Miller. “We will continue working hard. People are ready for a change.”

Congressional District 2

With some Northwest residents still residing inside Congressional District 2, Tuesday night's results are important as Republican Martha McSally, and Democrat Ron Barber easily beat primary opponents to move on to the general election.

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