Election Results:<BR>Incumbents for justice of the peace, constables withstand challenges

The incumbents for Cerbat Precinct justice of the peace and constable and the Kingman Precinct constable appear to have held on to their jobs following challenges in the general election Tuesday.

Republican John Taylor, the Cerbat justice of the peace, enjoyed the widest margin of support of the three incumbents, according to the unofficial results released at 12:41 a.m.

today.

Taylor of Kingman received 3,301 votes (63.2 percent), compared with 1,919 votes for Democrat Al Schneider Jr.

of Butler.

The Cerbat constable, Republican Eunice "EB" Blevins of Kingman, garnered 3,201 votes (60.3 percent) compared with 2,108 votes for Democratic challenger Paul Mauser of the Kingman area.

And in the closest race, Democrat Pam Bibich, the Kingman constable, received 2,809 votes (52.5 percent) while Republican Don Martin of Kingman won 2,543 votes.

The figures are subject to change following a count of 3,000 to 5,000 early ballots countywide that remain to be processed, according to Elections Director Allen Tempert.

He said he expects elections workers to begin processing the uncounted ballots this morning and complete the count Friday.

The unofficial results show 31,776 of the 87,114 county voters cast ballots with all 73 precincts counted, bringing the turnout to about 36.5 percent.

The turnout was up from 24.7 percent for the Sept.

10 primary.

Tempert said election workers processed approximately 7,000 early ballots Tuesday, adding they processed every early ballot received as of Sunday evening from the voter registration division of the County Recorder's Office.

"I think it went pretty well," he said.

"We had a fantastic turnout.

I just know from history that is a very good turnout."

The election results are expected to become official when the county supervisors conduct a canvass Nov.

18, Tempert said.

Meanwhile, the three incumbents said they were pleased with their victories, and thanked their supporters.

"I want to say 'thank you' to the people who got out and supported me," Taylor said.

"And as promised, I'll work hard for the next four years."

Taylor, 46, was elected justice of the peace for the newly created Cerbat Precinct in 1998.

Carved out from the Kingman Precinct, it covers the Camelback neighborhood in north Kingman, Butler, Chloride, Valle Vista, Dolan Springs, White Hills and other outlying areas.

Justices of the peace handle felony cases up to the preliminary hearing stage.

However, their main focus is on civil and criminal traffic violations, misdemeanors, civil cases of as much as $10,000, small claims, some juvenile matters, orders of protection and injunctions against harassment.

Like Taylor, Blevins, 64, of Kingman was elected in 1998.

"I appreciate all the support that all the people gave in the precinct," she said.

"I look forward to another four years, and I have my husband (Ken) to thank for the work he did helping me.

He took care of all the (political) signs."

Bibich, 50, of Kingman was initially elected in 1990 and ran unopposed in 1998.

She also thanked her supporters.

Her precinct covers the greater Kingman area and includes Golden Valley and Wikieup.

Constables process orders of protection, forcible detainers (before tenants are evicted), summonses, subpoenas and other paperwork.

Constables earn $28,000 to $36,000 a year, while justices of the peace make $84,525.

While Bibich, Blevins and Taylor faced challenges, numerous other candidates – all Republicans - either ran unopposed in the general election or in both the general election and primary.

They automatically were elected Tuesday.

Those candidates and votes are:

• Clerk to Superior Court Virlynn Tinnell, 21,566.

• Kingman Precinct Justice of the Peace Larry Imus, 4,158.

• Superior Court Judge, Division 1, Chuck Gurler Jr., 19,551.

• Superior Court Judge, Division 2, Randy Bartlett, 19,465.

• Superior Court Judge, Division 3, Steven Conn, 20,351.

• Superior Court Judge, Division 4, James Chavez, 19,528.

County voters also were asked whether they wanted to retain a Kingman Republican who was appointed to Division 1 of the state Court of Appeals.

Sheldon Weisberg received 18,242 votes (78.1 percent) in favor of retention and 5,118 votes against it.