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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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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