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Fontes Concedes, Republican Stephen Richer Will Be Subsequent Maricopa County Recorder


Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes has conceded to Republican challenger Stephen Richer, who at the moment leads Fontes by over 3,000 votes of their race.

Fontes led Richer on Election Evening, however like many different native Democrats, his benefit progressively eroded as extra votes have been counted, the results of Democrats’ strong performance in the early voting turnout numbers.

Richer finally crept forward of Fontes earlier this week, and as of the morning of November 12, Fontes trailed Richer by 3,323 votes with lower than 20,000 votes left to depend in Maricopa County, in keeping with a latest estimate from election officers.

Round 9:45 a.m., Fontes posted to Twitter that he was conceding the race.

“I’ve referred to as @Richer4Recorder to congratulate him, and might be welcoming Maricopa’s 30th Recorder with a private tour of our amenities subsequent week. #ProtectDemocracy,” Fontes wrote.

Richer didn’t reply to New Occasions’ request for remark. However a number of hours after Fontes publicly conceded the race, Richer additionally acknowledged the gesture on Twitter.

“Due to @Adrian_Fontes for his variety {and professional} cellphone name. And thanks for the four yrs of arduous work he put in. #ProtectDemocracy,” he wrote. “I assumed I misplaced this election on Tue. evening. It was gut-wrenching and is greater than sufficient to take care of. I am positive Adrian is feeling one thing comparable, so please, even when you did not help him, be variety to @Adrian_Fontes these subsequent few weeks as he helps me transition.”

Fontes has served as recorder since 2016, when he ousted longtime Republican incumbent Helen Purcell. He vowed to increase voter access and restore public confidence within the workplace after Purcell was criticized for her dealing with of Election Day voting, which resulted in hours-long waits at the polls throughout Arizona’s Presidential Choice Election in March 2016.

Whereas in workplace, Fontes carried out plenty of modifications, together with the “vote middle” mannequin, the place voters may solid their ballots at any of dozens of areas versus one specified polling place. He additionally boosted cybersecurity efforts. His tenure wasn’t with out controversy. Throughout the 2018 midterm elections, technical points shut down dozens of voting machines whereas voters have been once more left ready in lengthy traces at some polling areas. Richer’s marketing campaign alleged that a few of Fontes’ modifications have been unlawful. The marketing campaign’s slogan was to make the workplace of the Maricopa County Recorder “boring once more,” and Richer criticized Fontes for making the workplace too partisan.

Nonetheless, final week’s election course of went off easily, regardless of a surge in mail-in voting in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, garnering Fontes reward.

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Reached by cellphone, Fontes informed New Occasions that he feels “nice.”

“What different approach would one really feel, given as proud as I’m of the work we’ve performed?” he mentioned. “I don’t suppose the marketing campaign is as essential because the work that we did.”

“We constructed a system that’s second to none nationally, and I did my job,” Fontes added. “I obtained elected to repair a damaged system, and it labored magnificently effectively.”

Requested if he had any preliminary ideas on what he’ll do subsequent, Fontes curtly mentioned: “No.”

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