In the Nevada Primary election storyline, Prescott Mayor Terry Oliver survived a challenge from Rena Brown, but other results saw close races, upsets and new faces.

In the Nevada Primary election storyline, Prescott Mayor Terry Oliver survived a challenge from Rena Brown, but other results saw close races, upsets and new faces.
In unofficial results from Tuesday night, the major local races saw incumbent Oliver emerge in the primary for Prescott Mayor by a 416-to-227 over Brown, a local business woman.  With no GOP challenger, Oliver will retain his seat as Prescott Mayor.
On the Prescott City Council itself, three close races were in the making Tuesday involving incumbents.
Incumbent Bobbie Brown, in Prescott’s Ward 1, Position 1, was able to hold off challenger Satarra Williams by a 145 to 111 margin.
But also in Prescott’s Ward 1, in Position 2, incumbent Tommy Poole was apparently upset by challenger Ivory Curry in a razor close 333 to 311 vote with Curry emerging as the winner.
And in Prescott’s Ward 2, Position 2, challenger Carolyn Todd apparently upset incumbent Stacy Jester by a 390 to 241 count.
On the Nevada County Quorum Court, Pat Grimes emerged as a runaway victor with 204 votes, defeating both Tommy Johnson with 87 votes and Nicole McClure with 12 votes in District 3 for the seat vacated by retiring Ryan Harvey, who decided not to seek reelection.
Also surviving Tuesday was the incumbent Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen, who faced a stronger than expected challenge from Angilynn Taylor.  In Hempstead County, McQueen got 1,856 votes to Taylor's 951; combined with Nevada County, McQueen got 2,778 votes to Taylor's 1,432.  Between Hempstead and Nevada counties, 4,210 voters cast ballots in their race.
Two races loom for the November General Election, however, as incumbent Nevada County Judge Mark Glass, a Democrat, will face local businessman Mike Otwell, a Republican, head-to-head Nov. 6.  Neither man had a May 22 Primary challenger.
In Quorum Court District 8, incumbent Justice George Smith, a Democrat, will face GOP challenger Chris Fore in the November 6 General Election. Neither Smith nor Fore drew an opponent in the May 22 Primary.
In other results of interest statewide, incumbent Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson defeated GOP Challenger Jan Morgan, 137,894 to 61,286.  Hutchinson will now move on to November's General Election to face Democrat Jared K. Henderson.  Henderson emerged in the Democratic Primary over Leticia Sanders 64,469 to 37,028.
For US Congress District 4, incumbent Bruce Westerman defeated GOP challenger Randy Caldwell districtwide by a count of 39,407 to 9,960 to advance.
Every other Nevada County officer, including top Nevada County positions like Sheriff, Circuit Clerk, County Assessor, and County Treasurer saw no challengers, so a flurry of familiar names, including Sheriff Danny Martin, Treasurer Susie Key, Circuit Clerk Rita Reyenga, County Clerk Julie Oliver, and County Assessor Pam Box were all returned for new four-year terms.
With the two exceptions of Harvey’s vacated seat and Smith’s contested one, the rest of the Nevada County Quorum Court will also return without opposition, including Dennis Pruitt, Willie Wilson, Curtis Lee Johnson, Bob Cummings, Herbert Coleman, Kenneth Bailey and Brenda Stockton.
And although three Prescott City Council seats are competitive, the rest of the Council, including Howard Austin, Jerry Hightower, Carla Christopher, Susie Meeks and Patricia Roberts, saw no challengers, nor did Prescott City Recorder Robert Loe.