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Voters pick Boone, Hubbs in AZ District 4 race

PRESCOTT – Republicans Tom Boone and Carole Hubbs walked away winners in the Arizona Legislature's new District Four, which straddles northern Maricopa and rural Yavapai counties.

From 78 precincts in the two counties, the numbers began leaning toward Boone and Hubbs as soon as the polls closed for the day.

Vote tallies this morning showed Boone with 25,608 votes (37.8 percent), Hubbs with 25,335 votes (37.4 percent), and Democrat John Mahaney with 16,815 votes (24.8 percent).

The three candidates were competing for the new district, which includes Dewey/Humboldt, Mayer, Crown King, Black Canyon City, Peoria and Wickenburg.

Although the winners won't take office until January, Boone said he "will get right down to business."

The Glendale resident admitted he is not completely familiar with the rural portion of the new district, but plans to visit the area often and discuss local issues with community members and leaders.

Boone said that water, of course, is a concern for everyone and added that the rural areas in the district need a reliable source.

Boone has a background in government finance and accounting, in addition to a 30-year educational background that included work as an assistant school superintendent.

Hubbs said she spent the afternoon of Election Day driving neighbors and friends to the polls and helping people "who can't get out."

While waiting for the election results, in downtown Phoenix, Hubbs said "I just don't know … there has been a backlash on women this year … I'm anxious."

The first order of business for Hubbs includes finding out her committee assignments and working through the rural Arizona water issues.

"The rural sections are way behind," she said, referring to the information she gathered at a recent Northern Arizona Municipal Water Users Association forum.

The Sun City West resident brings with her a legal, planning and zoning background and will work to change the way in which power plants use grandfathered water rights without regulation.

Contact Briana Lonas at blonas@prescottaz.com.

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