Kingman real estate agent Pete Byers received the most votes of three Republican candidates for the open District 1 seat of the Mohave County Supervisors, according to unofficial results from the GOP primary released around midnight Tuesday.
Byers received 1,946 votes (48.7 percent), compared to 1,241 votes (31 percent) for Pat Bourque and 812 votes (20.3 percent) for Patti Lewis.
Byers is seeking the seat being vacated by Republican Carol Anderson, who did not run for another term, and faces Democrat John Collins of Kingman and independents David Nelson Dreier and Randy Lyles in the Nov.
7 general election.
The sprawling district covers the greater Kingman area and extends from the county line south of Wikieup to the Utah border in the Arizona Strip.
"The only comment that I have is I want to thank people for voting for me, of course," Byers said.
"I'm going to run a clean, honest campaign the rest of the way out.
It is another six weeks until Nov.
Byers, 58, said he thinks he received the most voters because voters regarded him as being sincere.
"I did not have as many signs," he said.
"I did not spend as much money.
I think that people just know me."
Bourque, 53, was philosophical but also disappointed with the election results.
"You know what they say in these situations, that if you win, you win and you lose, you win," said Bourque, site manager for Waste Manager and a former professional baseball player.
"Now I don't have to deal with this anymore: the campaigning, the negativism," Bourque said.
"But I think the real losers are the people in Mohave County....
The reason I think the voters of Mohave County are the losers (is) because I have the qualifications and ability to run this county the way it needs to be done."
Lewis, a 55-year-old Juniper Lake resident who owns a landscaping and decorative rock business, could not be reached for comment.
Collins ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, and garnered 1,575 votes.
The names of Dreier and Lyles, who live in the Kingman area, did not appear on the ballot because there was no separate primary for independents.
Independent Joe Tamberella of Golden Valley will challenge the District 3 incumbent supervisor, Buster Johnson of Lake Havasu City.
Johnson ran unopposed in the GOP primary, receiving 4,372 votes.
Johnson was the only incumbent seeking re-election.
In the District 2 primary, the top vote-getters were Democrats Jim Jones of Fort Mojave at 829 votes and Republican Tom Sockwell of Bullhead City at 1,062 votes.
Vote counts for the other GOP candidates were 692 for Karon Sondgeroth of Bullhead City and 408 for John Ford of Dolan Springs.
Democrat Ray Ussery of Fort Mojave received 483 votes.
Sockwell, Jones and independent Jim Howell of Bullhead City will appear on the Nov.
The top vote-getter will replace Jim Zaborsky, a Bullhead City Republican who is not seeking a second term.