Fulton County election results 2012.03.14

Written by David Green.

Rick Santorum was the favorite among Fulton County’s Republican voters March 6 as he soundly defeated Mitt Romney in the quest for at-large delegates.

Santorum earned 3,542 votes in Fulton County and Romney followed with 1,937. Ron Paul garnered 1,051 votes and Newt Gingrich got 961. Statewide, Romney beat Santorum by one percent.

In a big upset, Bill Rufenacht unseated incumbent county commissioner Dean Gentner by a 4,166 to 2,921 margin. Rufenacht will run as the GOP candidate in November.

In other Fulton County races, Roy Miller defeated Rick Sluder for Fulton County Sheriff. Incumbent Scott Haselman defeated Stacey Burns as Fulton County Prosecuting Attorney, and incumbent Paul MacDonald was elected Fulton County Clerk of Courts, defeating Abigail Bieber.

Voters across Fulton County voted in favor of a renewal of a two-mill five-year property tax levy for the Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The levy raises about $1.6 million per year for operations of the board.

Voters in the seven-county area covered by the Four County Career Center approved a 0.2-mill property tax levy for permanent improvements. The levy failed in November.

A new five-year 0.5 percent income tax was narrowly approved by Evergreen voters. The levy is expected to generate $833,739 annually for five years, and will avoid having to make deep cuts in the school district.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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