Out with the old, in with the new, except for Sheriff, but just barely. Incumbents didn’t fair well in the 2014 White Pine County General Election, with just one keeping his position by the slimmest of margins.
Sheriff Dan Watts narrowly defeated Penny Jo Robison by four votes to stay in the office. Percentage-wise, Watts received 50.07 percent to Robison’s 49.93.
Both County Commissioner seats will receive a new nameplate come January, as the commission’s current Chairman John Lampros was defeated by Carol McKenzie, who won with 44.84 percent of the vote in the three candidate race. Lampros collected 34.02 percent of the votes with Libertarian Chris Dailey receiving the other 21.14 percent. Gary Perea defeated
Mike Lemich for the other commission seat, winning with 62.35 percent of the total vote.
Mike Wheable will become the new District Attorney, taking his former boss Kelly Brown’s job with the biggest margin of victory in the local elections. Wheable collected 72.21 percent, or 1,928 total votes in the win.
Nichole Baldwin will replace retiring Lin Burleigh as the next County Clerk in January, after defeating her co-worker Debra Rivero with 63.18 percent of the votes.
The office of County Assessor will also see another incumbent step down after Burton Hilton received 52.09 percent of the votes, narrowly defeating Debbie Underwood in the second closest county race. Hilton also defeated Valerie O’Dell-Flannery for a spot on the White Pine Hospital Board of Trustees.
Joining him on the hospital board will be Richard Rowley, who received 54.75 percent of the vote to beat Gladine Patras.
Elaine Blackham won by the second largest margin of the local races with 70.52 percent to join the McGill/Ruth General Improvement District.
Both Catherine Bakaric and Martha Sindelar will retain there positions as County Treasurer and County Recorder respectively, as each ran unopposed and received 100 percent of the vote.
Out of the total 4,425 registered voters in White Pine County, 2,816 placed a vote in the mid-term election, which equates to a 63.64 percent total turnout. Of those, 1,609 showed up on Nov. 4 to place their ballots. Another 852 voted early and 355 voted through an absentee ballot.
White Pine County was the last county in the state to report their election results due to difficulties with the voting equipment.
To see which ballot questions passed, see page 5B.