Incumbents looking good in Greenlee County elections

Suzanne Menges looks on as Richard Lunt takes his turn at the podium during a 2020 Greenlee County Candidate Forum, hosted by the Greenlee County Chamber of Commerce at Morenci High School. - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

CLIFTON — The races in Greenlee County can’t be called just yet, with county officials saying there are between 500 and 600 early and provisional ballots remaining to be counted.

That count will take place Thursday, with results being posted to the county’s website by Friday.

Following Tuesday’s count, Democratic incumbent David Gomez is leading independent challenger Nicole Horn, 46.81 percent to 33.93 percent, in the race for Greenlee County Supervisor in Dist. 1.

Independent incumbent Richard Lunt is leading Republican challenger Suzanne Menges, 58.36 percent to 41.64 percent in the Dist. 3 supervisor’s race.

Incumbent independent Ron Campbell was unchallenged in the Dist. 2 race.

Only 32 votes separate Republican incumbent Tim Sumner and independent Eric Ellison in the race for Greenlee County Sheriff. Sumner has 1,049 votes to Ellison’s 1,017. They are trailed by Democrat Larry Avila (718 votes) and independent Jaime Aguilar (260).

For Greenlee County Assessor, independent Joann “JoJo” Cathcart is leading independent Doug Reed, 66.94 percent to 33.06 percent.

Clifton town residents overwhelmingly said yes to Prop 400 with more than 75 percent of the vote. Prop 400 asks voters to approve the town’s general plan.