|115,911: The number of registered Mohave County voters|
25,232: The number of them who voted Tuesday
21.77: The voter turnout percentage
KINGMAN - By the time the metaphorical smoke cleared Tuesday night, Kingman had a new mayor in Richard Anderson, who won with more than 64 percent of the vote. Anderson tallied 2,392 votes to Councilwoman Erin Cochran's 1,310, a better than 1,000-vote advantage.
Cochran was as gracious in defeat on Wednesday as Anderson was humble in victory the night before, when he lauded Cochran, calling her a good friend.
"I'm fine," said Cochran, who will leave the City Council at the end of the year after one term. "I can't change the outcome and it is what it is."
Cochran said she believes Anderson and the City Council will continue to act in the best interest of the city. She doesn't plan on going anywhere.
"I'm always involved," she said. "I have a lot of projects and organizations that I'm involved in and there's work to be done. I wish Richard the very best of luck."
Councilwoman Jen Miles, appointed to fill a vacancy in 2013, won a full term and Mark Abrams also took one of three seats outright in what turned out to be not one incredibly tight City Council race, but two.
While the results will remain unofficial until the election is canvassed, Abrams pulled in 1,849 votes for a 20.56 percentage of the nearly 9,000 votes cast - while Miles drew nods from 1,846 voters for a 20.52 percentage.
"I'm honored to be chosen by the citizens of Kingman to represent them on the City Council," said Abram, the general manager of Frontier Communications in Kingman.
Miles, who was appointed to fill a vacancy last year following the midterm resignation of Mayor John Salem, was also grateful to the electorate.
"I'm truly appreciative of the support of voters and I look forward to serving the next four years."
Miles said she thinks the new City Council will be "very productive." She said she anticipates working very well with Mayor-elect Anderson and her Council mates when the new members meet for the first time in mid-December, but for now, she has manual labor on her mind.
"I'm going to get my signs gathered," she chuckled.
Meanwhile, the 1,424 votes Kent Simmons earned put him 19 ahead of the 1,405 tallied for Stuart Yocum, 15.83 percent to 15.62 percent, respectively.
Simmons and Yocum head to a runoff in the Nov. 4 general election. Carol Decker-Noli was right behind them with 1,368 votes, or 15.21 percent. Janice Palmer drew a respectable 1,077 votes.
Kingman City Clerk Sydney Muhle cautioned the numbers could change in the City Council race, emphasizing the results are not final.
Another election voters decided at Tuesday's primary was the only contested Mohave County Superior Court judgeship - Division 2. No other judge was challenged.
Derek Carlisle soundly defeated Lake Havasu City attorney Phil Krueger, taking nearly 55 percent of the nearly 15,200 votes cast, 8,317 to 6,803.
Division 2 is located in Lake Havasu City and handles civil and family cases.
The Mohave County Board of Supervisors must now fill the Commissioner Court vacancy Carlisle's election created.
With nearly 10,000 votes, state Rep. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, took more than twice as many votes as any two of his four Republican competitors outside of Kingman dentist Gina Cobb, who brought in nearly 22 percent of the votes with 6,136. Boulder City Councilman Sam Medrano earned 4,834 votes and Quartzite resident Jennifer Jones garnered 4,080. Lake Havasu City businessman George Schnittgrund earned 3,159 votes.
On the Democratic side, Golden Valley resident Beth Weisser had slightly more votes than Joseph "Joe" Longoria of Kingman, 3,305 to 2,980. Two legislative candidates will be selected Nov. 4.
Cerbat Justice of the Peace John Taylor, a Republican, garnered more than 80 percent of the vote - 2,360 to 542 - against Republican challenger Mervyn Pitchfork Freedom. Ray Cullison will be his constable after defeating Debbie Francis 1,584 to 1,203.
Republican Mike Cobb easily won against Republican Neal Hickerson, 2,414 to 583.
Mohave County Supervisor
Jean Bishop led the field Tuesday in the contest for the Republican nomination for Mohave County Supervisor District 4, beating her two closest rivals by more than 200 votes.
In complete but unofficial returns, Bishop had 1,066 votes, or 27.9 percent of the total. Bishop was appointed to the seat in May to fill the term of the late Joy Brotherton.
Behind her were Travis Lingenfelter (852 votes, 22.3 percent); Ted Roper, (818 votes, 21.4 percent); Bob Boyd (643 votes, 16.9 percent); Jack Posenel (253 votes, 6.6 percent); Bill Keller (93 votes, 2.4 percent); and Al DiCicco (89 votes, 2.3 percent). There were three write-in votes.