APACHE JUNCTION — Apache Junction Mayor Jeff Serdy is in good shape to take down two-term incumbent Todd House in the Republican primary fight for the District 5 Pinal County supervisor seat.
As of Tuesday night's reporting, Serdy snagged 52% of the vote with about 3,401 ballots cast in his favor. House garnered about 37.5% of the vote, almost 1,000 votes behind Serdy.
About 10% of the vote went to web designer David Malton, who was also vying for the seat.
“It probably won’t hit me until tomorrow,” Serdy said Tuesday evening. “But so far, I’m feeling good. I’d like to thank everyone who supported me. I had a lot of support behind me.”
Serdy has been mayor of Apache Junction since 2016. His term expires in January.
The race for the District 5 supervisor seat does not have a Democratic candidate. However, Serdy could still face a challenge from a write-in candidate in November.
But he said he was feeling confident about taking a seat on the county board in January.
“I plan to represent the entire district,” he said.
District 5 encompasses the northernmost portion of Pinal County, including Apache Junction, Gold Canyon and parts of San Tan Valley.
Drop-off and provisional ballots will be counted throughout the next week. The Pinal County Elections Department does not plan to have a full count of all of the ballots cast in the election until at least Aug. 11.
House was elected as District 5 supervisor in 2012. His campaign for a third term focused on the issues of economic development, job growth and transportation.
Tuesday evening, as a tallying of the votes showed him lagging behind Serdy, he said he was ready to move on.
“I’m pretty happy with my accomplishments over the past eight years,” House said. “For every door that closes, another one opens.”
A former electrical sales representative, House turns 65 in January. He said he's ready for retirement.
“I plan to spend more time with my wife,” he said.
Malton, 50, of San Tan Valley, could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.
His campaign focused on the issues of taxes, job growth and protecting the second amendment.
In a July interview with PinalCentral, Malton told a reporter, “I don’t think Serdy has a snowball’s chance in hell” of winning the primary race for the seat.
On Tuesday Serdy, who ran his campaign on a platform of improving transportation, protecting the Second Amendment and not raising taxes, said he enjoys a snowball fight and is looking forward to the future.
“I guess sometimes snowballs do work,” he said.
Supervisor, District 5 (Republican)