On a day in which not quite a quarter of Lyon County’s registered voters turned out for last Tuesday’s primary election, Greg Hunewill and Robin Titus walked away as the biggest winners.
Hunewill unseated incumbent Lyon County commissioner Virgil Arellano to win the Republican primary and advance to the general election against Independent American party Candidate John Roemer.
Titus claimed the Republican nod in the race for Assembly District 38 and will face Independent American Party candidate Tim Fasano of Fernley and Libertarian John O’Connor of Fallon in the general Election.
The low voter turnout meant Lyon County Clerk-Treasurer Nikki Bryan and her staff were finished counting votes by 9:20 p.m., the earliest most observers could remember.
Even so, the turnout exceeded what Bryan was expecting, considering that only about 10 percent of the county’s voters participated in early voting. In recent elections, the early voting turnout has been about half of total ballots cast, so Bryan had expected a total turnout of no higher than 20 percent.
“I’m happy, compared to what I thought it would be,” Bryan said. “But I wish it would be a little higher.”
In the hotly contested Lyon County Sheriff’s race, deputy Al McNeil and undersheriff Albert Torres emerged from among four candidates to battle in the Nov. 4 general election.