All six contested primary races won decisively

Staff report

Anybody expecting a close race in Curry County’s primary election received quite a disappointment Tuesday night.

Of the six contested primary races, all but one winning candidate garnered at least 65 percent of the vote. In five of those six races, there is no candidate from the opposing party in the Nov. 4 general election.

Votes will be canvassed 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Curry County Commissioner’s Chambers at the county courthouse.

The deadline for write-in candidates to apply is June 24. General election winners will assume office Jan. 2.

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks Candance Morrison and her step-father Gary Robinson review the poll results on her tablet and cell phone Tuesday night at the Curry County Courthouse. Morrison handily defeated Carl Patton to win the Republican primary for county assessor.

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Candance Morrison and her step-father Gary Robinson review the poll results on her tablet and cell phone Tuesday night at the Curry County Courthouse. Morrison handily defeated Carl Patton to win the Republican primary for county assessor.

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A total of 3,159 ballots were cast out of 18,290 eligible primary voters, for a turnout of 17.2 percent. There are 23,448 registered voters in Curry County — 10,877 Republicans, 7,398 Democrats, 5,110 declining to identify a party and 63 belonging to a third party.

The following races were on the ballot Tuesday night:

• Curry County Commission: In District 1, Angelina Baca defeated former county commissioner Edwin Perales 124-65 in the Democratic primary. In District 3, Chet Spear took 363 votes to beat out Greg Southard’s 269.

Neither Baca nor Spear face general election opposition.

• County assessor: Candace Morrison, appointed to the position when Tim Lyman retired, claimed the Republican primary with a 1,585 to 504 win over Carl Patton. She faces no Democratic opposition in November.

• County sheriff: Undersheriff Wesley Waller easily claimed a win in the three-person Republican primary, grabbing 1,639 votes to beat out Rolf Jordi (321) and Sam Elliston (271). Waller does not face opposition in the general election.

• Probate judge: Mark Lansford won a four-person race, taking 1,409 votes over Holly Glenn (552), Randy Rodriguez (150) and Joseph Champouillon (97), who relocated but was unable to drop off of the ballot.

Lansford will face Charles Benny Adams, who grabbed 617 votes running unopposed in the Democratic primary.

• State Representative: Randy Crowder, who represents most of District 64’s constituents as a District 1 city commissioner, easily won the Republican primary race against Wade Lopez. He claimed 1,525 votes to Lopez’ 217.

Crowder, who is running to fill the vacancy created by Anna Crook’s retirement, faces no Democratic opposition.

Democrat George Dodge (243 votes in District 63) and Republican Dennis Roch (1,114 votes in District 67) ran unopposed for re-election, and face no opposition in the general election.

• District Attorney: Jennifer Burrill and Andrea Reeb ran unopposed in the primary, and will face each other in the general election. Burrill received 550 votes in the Democratic primary, and Reeb 1,775 in the Republican primary.

• Magistrate Judge: Duane Castleberry will try to defend his Division 1 seat in November against Terry Martin. Castleberry took 451 votes running unopposed in the Republican primary, while Martin claimed 303 votes as the unopposed Democratic candidate.

Richard Hollis ran unopposed in the Republican primary for Division 2 and took 1,382 votes.