Grand Canyon-Tusayan voters went with the incumbents in the only two contested races in Tuesday’s election.
Jon Streit, a current member of the school board who was appointed to the position by the county one year ago, retained his seat by garnering 59.6 percent of the unofficial vote. Eric Guiessaz, a local resident and parent who lives in rural Tusayan, attracted 40.4 percent of the vote. Streit will serve a two-year term.
Streit won with a strong showing in Grand Canyon Village, 194-100. Guiessaz won the Tusayan vote by a 49-26 count.
Streit, who works for Xanterra Parks and Resorts, has become more and more vocal on school issues in recent months. After first being appointed, Streit took it all in and familiarized himself with the position.
Guiessaz, meanwhile, is a well-known local resident who has lived in the area for 30 years. Guiessaz has always been vocal on issues of importance to him, whether it involves education or topics concerning other government agencies.
Bess Foster and Tammie Harris ran uncontested for the two four-year term vacancies on the school board.
Thus, the board on Jan. 1 will include Streit, Foster, Harris, Chuck Wahler and Tom Pittenger. Nicky Lindig will serve out his term until Dec. 31.
On the Tusayan Fire District Board, incumbents John Thurston, Ann Wren and Brenda Halvorson all retained their seats. Thurston and Wren were well ahead with 58 and 55 votes, respectively, while the battle for third came down to the wire. Halvorson received 37 votes, just six more than Coy Clayton.
On the Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry and Technology Board, Clarinda Vail ran uncontested for the District 2 seat, which represents Grand Canyon and Tusayan. Dan Tobin was the lone candidate for the District 5 seat, which is an at-large position.
John Quinn and Chris Thurston were re-elected to seats on the South Grand Canyon Sanitary District Board in an uncontested race.
Finally, the Grand Canyon School budget override passed by an overwhelming 75-25 margin. In the village, the override passed by an 80-20 margin while in Tusayan, it passed by a slimmer margin of 57.5-42.5.
Voter turnout in the Grand Canyon and Tusayan precincts were below 50 percent. Of the 810 registered voters in Grand Canyon Village, 44.2 percent of them chose to go to the polls on Nov. 5. In Tusayan, 38.4 percent of the 357 registered voters took part in the process.
In the other elections included on the ballot, preferences for Republican and Democratic candidates could be easily seen in the results when it came to the two precincts.
All Democrats on the ballot won in the Grand Canyon precinct, most of them by overwhelming margins. Democrat George Cordova won 62 percent of the vote in the U.S. representative election, for example, while Republican Rick Renzi garnered just 28 percent.
Meanwhile in Tusayan, all Republicans on the ballot won in that precinct, although some of the races were closer compared to Grand Canyon’s results.
Again using Cordova-Renzi as an example, the Republican candidate got 55 percent of the Tusayan vote, compared to 38.3 percent for Cordova.
For governor, Janet Napolitano won in Grand Canyon while Matt Salmon won in Tusayan.
On the various propositions, there was an interesting vote on 203, the initiative on marijuana. Although voted down statewide by a large margin, Prop. 203 passed in both Grand Canyon and Tusayan by a 60-40 margin.
Proposition 302 (jail for drug offenses) and Proposition 303 (tobacco tax) both passed statewide and in the local area.
On the gaming measures, Proposition 202 passed in the Grand Canyon precinct (189 to 151) but failed in the Tusayan precinct (81 to 48). The measure called for the continuation of casino-style gambling on reservations only while a portion of proceeds go to the state.
Prop. 201, sponsored by the race track industry, and Prop. 200, sponsored by the Colorado River Indian Tribes, were both voted down locally and statewide decisively.