Incumbent County Recorder Suzanne “Suzie” Sainz took home a decisive win over challenger David Alvarez in her bid for a seventh term in office.
Unofficial results published by the County Elections Office at 5 p.m. Thursday gave Sainz 12,366 votes to 6,168 for Alvarez.
Sainz said she was hoping for a win, but was pleasantly surprised by the large margin of victory.
“It’s so hard to predict what the results will be, so you can never say,” she said on Wednesday afternoon.
One man who was excited to vote for Sainz was Guilermo Pacheco, who cast his ballot at Challenger Elementary School on Tuesday.
“She’s been there for a long time and I think she’s done a good job,” he said.
Sainz, a 63-year-old Nogalian, has served for six terms and 24 years as the county recorder, an office previously held by her mother. In conversation with the NI prior to the August primary election, Sainz touted her voter outreach and efforts to scan and archive documents. She also acknowledged that she doesn’t work on Fridays, and said she puts in five to seven hours per day when she does come into the office.
Sainz narrowly edged out Nogales realtor Anita Moreno in the Democratic primary by fewer than 100 votes, earning 50.5 percent of votes cast compared to Moreno’s 49 percent.
Alvarez, 55, is a Rio Rico resident and manager of a Tucson print shop. He also served briefly as the deputy recorder under Sainz, and mounted a challenge to Sainz in 2016, earning 27 percent of the vote in that year’s contest.
Alvarez, who ran as an Independent, promised to upgrade technology at the Recorder’s Office and said the county’s voter rolls needed better maintenance.