Most were not expecting a huge turnout at Tuesday’s election and according to Quay County Clerk Jeannette Maddaford that was, for the most part, what they got.
Despite that, people were chosen to serve or to compete again in November.
Quay County had two different competitions on the ballot for county commissioner, one for the Democrats and another for the Republicans. In addition, Democrats had a state senate race on which to vote. The contested race for the Democrats was for District 1 County Commission where Daniel Garcia and Doyle W. Frasier attempted to unseat incumbent Grace Madrid. When the results were counted, however, they were unsuccessful.
When the 452 votes cast in the District 1 election were counted, Grace Madrid had 254 votes to Doyle Frasier’s 157 and Daniel Garcia’s 41.
Madrid’s strongest showing was among the absentee ballots where she polled 45 votes to Frasier’s 6 and Garcia’s 1, but she won in most other precincts also. Only in Precinct 6 did Frasier lead Madrid pulling 67 votes to Madrid’s 40 and Garcia’s 1. Among all precincts taking part in Tuesday’s voting (as opposed to absentee and early voting) Madrid led 166 to Frasier’s 119 and Garcia’s 29.
Since no Republican is running in District 1 Madrid will face no opposition in November and will automatically remain the county commissioner.
Madrid said she was elated that the election turned out the way it did. “I am so glad it’s over,” said Madrid. “It’s been a very stressful time for me. But the votes came in and the voters made their choice. I am very happy that I can get back to working for the people of Quay County.” The other contested race for county commissioner was in District 2 where Mark Hodge and Billy Ray Curry battled to see who will face incumbent commissioner Jeff Lewalling in November. Winner of the Republican primary race was Curry with 94 votes to Hodge’s 44. Curry took all except two precincts and the early voters. Among the early voters Hodge led 9-6 and in precinct 9 he led 6-5. In precinct 6 both candidates received two votes apiece. Curry’s strongest precincts were precincts 13 and 10. In 13 Curry led Hodge 31-8 and in precinct 10 he led 25-8. In precinct 1 Curry led 14-5, in precinct 2 he led 8-5.“I feel good about this win,” said Curry after the election. “I did have a call from Mark Hodge telling me I won. I want to thank all the voters who voted for me. Now I have to look towards November. I have a feeling that is going to be a good contest.”
As of press time in the Democratic race for the New Mexico Senate with about 81 percent of the precincts counted, Bob Frost of San Jon was leading Fred Sparks of Raton by a 73-27 percent margin. Frost had 2,396 votes to Sparks’ 877 which roughly mirrored his success in Quay County which had Frost with 86.7 percent or 918 votes to Sparks’ 13.3 percent or 141 votes. It was expected that final tallies would not be reported until early Wednesday morning.
The winner of the race will face Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, in the November election. When Frost was told Tuesday night that he was holding a huge lead over Sparks, he said he was excited, but was anxious to find out the final tallies.
“I’m extremely pleased,” he said. “This is kind of overwhelming. Everything looks good right now. You just want to wait until you see all the numbers though. You don’t want to count your chickens before they are hatched.”
Frost said the support he received from voters was “amazing.” “I don’t know how I can send out my appreciation to the voters,” he said. “I guess I can tell them how much this means by serving them. We are going to hit the road running next week. Hopefully we will get some things lined up and get started fairly soon on the election. We will meet with people from the whole district and figure out our strategies.”
Frost said he knows it will be a rough contest against the incumbent state senator. “I expect a tough race with Mr. Harden,” Frost said. “Mr. Harden is going to be a tough man to deal with, but I like him a lot.” No other candidates were in contested races.
Among the Democrats votes cast: U.S. Representative Tom Udall – 938 votes. N.M. Supreme Court Justice Deward L. Chavez – 752. Appeals Judge Michael E. Vigil – 750. District Attorney – Ronald W. Reeves – 806. County Commissioner District 2 Jeffrey L. Lewalling – 256. County Clerk Ellen L. White – 890. County Treasurer Nadine E. Angel – 890.
Among the Republican votes cast: President George W. Bush – 310 votes. U.S. Representative Gregory M. Tucker – 251. New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Ned S. Fuller – 252. Appeals Judge Paul Barber – 265. State Senator Clinton Harden – 243. State Representative Brian Moore -293. Public Education Commissioner Dennis James Roch – 252.