FLORENCE — Despite plenty of heated words between the candidates, the Pinal County Supervisors District 1 race was not close on election night, as incumbent Pete Rios led challenger Ruben Leos by 589 votes as of 11 p.m. on Tuesday.
"I think it's going good," Rios told PinalCentral around 9:30 p.m. "I feel good and I feel that people know I've been there to help them over the last 38 years and I think that's why they're rewarding me with another four-year term. I'm ready to go to work and work hard for another four years for my constituents."
Rios added that with the COVID-19 pandemic, nobody knew what to expect as not just the political world, but the whole world in general has been turned upside down.
After having traveled to the different polling places in Coolidge, Eloy and Superior, Rios said that he was amazed with the low voter turnout.
"I think this was an election that was pretty much determined and decided by early voters," Rios said. "As for Mr. Leos, to beat the kind of record that I have, it's going to take more than the $25,000 that he loaned his campaign to try to win the election."
Leos is a retired captain with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Leos was not available for comment on Tuesday night.
District 1 includes Picacho, Coolidge, Florence, Superior, Kearny, Mammoth, San Manuel and part of Eloy.
Rios has served on the Board of Supervisors since he was elected in 2008 and earlier had a long career in the Arizona Legislature.
"It means the people believe in you, trust in you and that you have a good reputation in office and that they know that you're there to help them not just because you want a title like senator, representative or supervisor," Rios said of his record in office.
Supervisor, District 1 (Democrat)