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7:51 PM Sun, Dec. 09th

Golden Valley voters choose to replace Brooks on fire board

Rhonda Brooks, Earlene Mahar

Rhonda Brooks, Earlene Mahar

Editor's note: Updated vote totals have been added to this article.

GOLDEN VALLEY - About 1,200 residents participated in Tuesday's special Golden Valley Fire District recall election, and nearly two out of three of them voted to remove Rhonda Brooks from the district's board of directors.

In complete but unofficial results, there were 414 votes to retain Brooks and 795 votes to replace her with challenger Earlene Mahar, giving Mahar 65.22 percent of the vote.

According to the Mohave County Election Department, the votes cast - 10 went to write-in candidates - represent less than 21 percent of the district's 6,022 registered voters.

Brooks had been a thorn in the side of the district since she was elected, and the move to remove her from office was deeply personal at times as the relationship between Brooks and most of her colleagues on the board and Fire Chief Tom O'Donohue deteriorated.

Steve Robinson, another member of the board of directors, is the chairman of Golden Valley Citizens to Recall Rhonda Brooks. In a statement released shortly after the results came in, he implored the people who supported Brooks at the polls to "take a long hard look at the election results."

Robinson, speaking in his role as the recall leader, was critical of Brooks and those who supported her, claiming they engaged in "dishonest" and "misleading" accusations about the district.

He also offered an olive branch, saying it is time to work together for the citizens of Golden Valley.