FLORENCE — The hotly contested race for Pinal County assessor was not close on election night, with incumbent Doug Wolf winning by 7,243 votes by about 10 p.m.
A total of 24,127 votes were cast in the race with 15,667 votes going to Wolf and 8,424 going to Casa Grande Elementary School District spokesman Mike Cruz.
Wolf was not available for comment Tuesday evening. Wolf has served as Pinal County assessor since 2013.
Cruz said he had already reached out to leave a message for Wolf conceding the election Tuesday night.
The Republican primary is conclusive in the race as no Democrats filed for assessor.
However, not all of the early ballots or provisional ballots have been counted yet. 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. However, the results do include the massive haul of 41,124 mail-in ballots.
Cruz said the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult for many candidates, including himself, to reach out to voters. He said he particularly had a hard time reaching voters over the age of 65, one of the biggest populations of voters in the county and one of the age groups most at risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Candidates weren’t able to hold in-person events, which are more likely to draw older voters than social media posts.
Cruz said he would consider another run for elected office in the future.
County Assessor (Republican)