Elections

Terry Goddard Back in Business as Elected Official; Wins Most Votes in CAP Canal Board Race

Terry Goddard may not be governor, but he'll make a heck of a board member for the Central Arizona Water Conservation District.

Maricopa County voters gave Goddard the most votes of any of the five new or re-elected members on the board, which oversees operations of the ever-important Central Arizona Project canal. (That canal, mind you, provides about 40 percent of the Valley's water.) With 91 percent of polling places reporting, the former Arizona Attorney General cleaned up with about 15 percent of the vote, which was split between 13 candidates vying for the Maricopa County slots.

Maybe this is a new start for Goddard, the son of former Governor Sam Goddard. Give him a few years, and he'll work his way back to up State Mining Inspector, or something. In all seriousness, though, Goddard's experience is expected to make him an especially decent water board member.

Incumbents Lisa Atkins and Pamela Pickard appear to have secured their spots for another six-year term, with 10.2 and 8.8 percent of votes, respectively. Guy Carpenter, a water-resources consultant, received 8.9 percent, so it seems like he'll be on the board, too. The race is still close to call between incumbent Jean McGrath, a Republican former lawmaker who once sponsored a bill to legalize Freon, and newcomer Heather Macre.

Fired state GOP executive director Brett Mecum and Tea Party candidate Linda Brickman, both of whom we wrote about recently, are well behind. But they're not in last place -- that goes to Carrie Hamstra, who works on her family's dairy farm and seemed fairly qualified.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.