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Tom Thurman wins Dist. 2 primary race

Supervisor District 2 incumbent Tom Thurman and Supervisor District 1 candidate Rowle Simmons watch as results from their races being to roll in on the Yavapai County website Tuesday night at the Palace Restaurant and Saloon in downtown Prescott.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Photo courtesy Matt Hinshaw

Supervisor District 2 incumbent Tom Thurman and Supervisor District 1 candidate Rowle Simmons watch as results from their races being to roll in on the Yavapai County website Tuesday night at the Palace Restaurant and Saloon in downtown Prescott.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Photo courtesy Matt Hinshaw

Incumbent Tom Thurman and newcomers Craig Brown and Jack Smith won their primary races for seats on the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors in unofficial results Tuesday night, and Rowle Simmons won Dist 1 after final votes came in.

Thurman came in ahead of his closest competitor, John McReynolds, 2,820 votes to 1,667. Martin Pangburn was a distant third with just 631 votes.

Thurman, who now faces off against independent Alan "Buck" Buchanan and unaffiliated Scott "Wild Wes" Lance, said he's already been accused of favoring the Verde Valley over the Prescott side of the mountain.

"I represent the people who vote me into office," he said. "I'm going to make the decision that I think is the right one, not specific to one side of the mountain or the other."

Eleven candidates for county offices, from assessor to sheriff to judges, ran unopposed in this primary. That included incumbent Yavapai County Supervisor Chip Davis, who ran unopposed in District 3.

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