Bryant wins bid

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

Brad Bryant claimed victory in Tuesday’s only contested primary race in Quay County.

Vying for the District 3 county commissioner Republican bid, Bryant edged Edwin Bruhn and Bill Cone.

There is no Democratic opposition on the November general election ballot. Current commissioner Franklin McCasland is term-limited. He helped Quay County Clerk Ellen White post the vote totals at the Quay County Courthouse Tuesday evening.

Bryant had 301 votes to 235 for Bruhn. Cone took 154 votes.

Bruhn was the only District 3 candidate present at the courthouse.

“We all ran a decent campaign,” Bruhn said. “I will support Brad as our commissioner and wish him the best of luck.”

Cone said he treated the day like any other and was out gathering cattle as the votes were tallied.

“We had three strong candidates and any one of us would have done a good job as county commissioner,” Cone said.

Bryant could not be reached immediately for comment.

White said 944 Democrats cast their vote (33.4 percent of registered voters) and 706 Republicans cast ballots (43.4 percent). She said the total voter turnout was 39.3 percent.

“It was a little crazy here in the courthouse,” White said. “Having an election the day after a major holiday can mix up a few things.”

White said several voters were hitting the polls at the last minute. She said most were busy with work, while some of them had forgotten about the election altogether.

The votes will be canvassed in Friday’s county meeting.