Lambert, Bishop, Gurtler, Chavez move on

KINGMAN - The election results are in for Tuesday's primaries, dictating the local candidates who will proceed to the November general election.

Voters have chosen their party representatives who will be vying for the 10 offices up for grabs.

In the race for Kingman justice of the peace, Republican Rick Lambert beat out fellow Republican Don Martin with 1,112 of the votes, or 54.03 percent in unofficial results. Lambert will move on to the general election to face off against Democrat Randolph Wolfson.

There were many races, which, for the most part, were decided with this election.

Cerbat Constable had only two Republicans squaring off for the title.

Jean Bishop managed to secure her spot on the general election ballot with 1,043 votes, or 56.41 percent of the votes, beating out current Constable Dennis Gaddis. Gaddis is finishing the term of former constable EB Blevins, who retired earlier this year.

Bishop is pretty much guaranteed the office but will still appear on the general election ballot to face any write-in candidates. Gaddis is not eligible to be a write-in candidate.

A similar situation occurs as incumbent Charles Gurtler takes one step toward maintaining his position as Division 1 Superior Court judge.

Gurtler beat out fellow Republican Kenneth Sondgeroth with 5,655 votes, or 56.9 percent of the votes. Gurtler, like Bishop, will proceed to the general election unopposed.

Incumbent Division 4 Superior Court Judge James Chavez narrowly defeated fellow Republican Ron Gilleo. Chavez, with 4,801 votes (50.85 percent), will proceed to the general election to continue the defense of his seat.

The remaining offices were uncontested races. While each of them will appear on the general election ballot, only a strong write-in campaign will manage to defeat them.

Clerk of the Superior Court Virlynn Tinnell, Cerbat Justice of the Peace John Taylor, Kingman Constable Pam Bibich, Division 2 Superior Court Judge Randolph Bartlett, Division 3 Superior Court Judge Steven Conn and Division 6 Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss, each an incumbent in their office, maintain that office as they look forward to the general election.

Incumbents Trish Groe and Nancy McLain beat out Republican challengers Doris Goodale and Ray Cullison in the race for the two open District 3 state representative seats.

Groe garnered 6,274 votes, 34.83 percent, while McLain captured 5,059 votes, 28.09 percent. They will face Democrat Luis Lopez in the general election.

The results available Wednesday morning are still unofficial. While the tallies reflect 100 percent of the precincts, to make sure no error occurs, the precincts will be canvassed prior to the results being declared official.