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Independent candidate wins three-way race for Seligman Justice of the Peace

PRESCOTT - A Seligman independent candidate has done what very few candidates for office in Arizona this election cycle have managed: he won, beating a Republican and a Democrat.

Dominick Sarno, 43, won the Seligman Justice of the Peace race handily, with 204 votes to GOP candidate Wade Simon's 163 and Democrats Marcus Jacobson's 110, with 100 percent of precincts reporting.

Sarno was jubilant Tuesday night.

"It's a predominantly a Republican area up here, but I feel my service to the community made a difference," Sarno said.

He said that service has included work as a firefighter and emergency medical technician as well as time spent on health clinics.

Sarno believes he will be a better Justice of the Peace than the incumbent, Janice Kulp, who lost in the primary to Simon. "The one thing I'd like to make the most important is respect for people, and that's how I try to live my life," he said.

After years without one, the Bagdad/Yarnell precinct has a constable in Republican Dennis Dowling beating independent Jim Armstrong in the race to fill the empty seat. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Dowling had 807 votes to Armstrong's 426.

Dowling, 38, said the constable position is "going to be a fun opportunity and a great thing to be a part of."

Simply having someone in the position, which Dowling said has been vacant for nearly a decade, will be a big change. "It hasn't been filled in so long," he said, means he will have to "work with the court and get it going again."

Because the job is not full-time, Dowling said he plans to keep his job running a landscape company in Phoenix.

"I've been working in Phoenix for so long and living up here, and now I'm looking forward to doing things up here," he said.

Aside from those two races, all other candidates for county office, from Clerk of Court to six Superior Court judges, ran unopposed in this general election.

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