Longinos Gonzalez Jr.
is the Republican nominee for the District 4 El Paso County Commissioner
seat, according to the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office
The announcement came Thursday, following a squeaker of a race in the June 28 primary
. Final vote tallies show that Gonzalez prevailed over his rival, Scott Turner
, 3,450 votes to 3,416 votes. The gap was too large to require an automatic recount. (The gap would have had to be 18 votes or less to require that move.)
Via an email to the Independent
, Gonzalez says he's glad the race is finally over.
"It was a long nervous week, but I just wanted to again thank the grassroots effort, especially those that supported me, helped me campaign, and prayed for me," he writes. "I am tremendously grateful for their efforts. Our race showed how important every person's vote is, and I hope that will motivate even more people to participate in our election process in the years to come."
Turner, meanwhile, told the Indy
via email that he was disappointed:
Yes this is difficult but it is also part of our process and as such must be respected. All votes matter, as you never know what the results will be until they are counted. I’m more disappointed that only 6866 people out of a registered voting population of 22,573 took the time to vote for the one office that directly affects each and every one of them. What that really means is that 15.3% of the registered republican voters actually voted for the winner, and only 50 people out of 22,573, (.0022%) actually made the decision for the rest of the population. Every vote counts in every race, our country was founded on principals of representative government, to let the people have a say in our republic and our communities. It is unfortunate that we have reached such a high level of apathy.
You can read more about the two candidates here.
I would like to congratulate my opponent and do wish him well. He has a big job ahead of him and the people are looking to him to do the right thing for them and their community. He needs to remember that the people of District 4 did the voting, and it is those people he has a responsibility to serve.
Gonzalez will face Democrat Elizabeth Rosenbaum
in November for the District 4 seat, which pays over $113,000 a year. The office is currently held by the term-limited Dennis Hisey
, who endorsed Turner in the primary.