Voter turnout strong as candidates battle in races
Voter turnout in Baldwin was the strongest it's been in several years as people headed to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in several races.
It wasn't unusual for Baldwin and other county voters to stand in line several minutes waiting to cast their votes for President of the United States, as well as for several state and local elections.
In the 3rd District Senate, Republican Roger Pine defeated Democrat Jan Justice. Pine received 17,791 votes, 52 percent, compared to Justice's 48 percent with 16,533 votes.
Democrat Charles Branson, a political newcomer, ousted incumbent Republican Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney to claim the seat as the county's top criminal prosecutor.
Branson had 53 percent of the county's votes with 23,622 compared to Kenney's 47 percent with 21,056.
Kenney has served as District Attorney since 1996.
Paula Gilchrist defeated Cindy Monshizadeh in the county treasurer's race. Gilchrist received 24,973 votes, 57 percent, and Monshizadeh received 53 percent of the votes with 18,971.
Jamie Shew will take over for current county clerk Patty Jaimes when she retires. Shew defeated Marni Penrod for the clerk position, 22,041 votes to 20,864.
Rex Hagerman won the Palmyra Township Trustee race with 1,044 votes, 55 percent, by beating Martin "Doug" Thomas, who received 45 percent of the votes with 854 tallies.
Three county judges were retained after Tuesday's election. Judge Paula Martin received 26,197 votes for her retention while 15,199 people voted not to retain her.
Judge Jack Murphy had 32,554 people vote to retain him compared to 6,764 who voted no.
Judge Michael Malone had 33,048 yes votes for his retention, while receiving 6,768 no votes.