Johnson wins Democratic primary for state House

The Daily Times staff
Doreen Wonda Johnson

FARMINGTON — Less than 150 votes separated the two Democratic candidates in Tuesday's primary election for the state House of Representatives District 5 seat.

The unofficial results posted on the Secretary of State website today showed incumbent Doreen Wonda Johnson narrowing out challenger Kevin Mitchell. The race was too close to call on Tuesday evening.

Johnson, 50, is seeking a second term to represent the district, which is comprised of San Juan and McKinley counties and some chapters on the Navajo Nation. She will run uncontested in the Nov. 8 general election.

"I don't see it as a tight race. I feel very good about the race," Johnson said today.

She added her victory would not have been possible without support from her constituents. And, she said, she looks forward to continuing to represent them in Santa Fe.

"I felt very supported the entire time. … They stood behind me," Johnson said.

The Secretary of State website reported a total of 3,571 votes were cast in both counties.

Johnson received 51.9 percent of vote, while Mitchell received 48.1 percent, according to the Secretary of State website.

With all voting convenience centers reporting in San Juan County, Mitchell had 51.5 percent of the vote with 707 ballots cast, followed by Johnson’s 48.5 percent.

There were 2,864 ballots cast in McKinley County. Johnson led with 52.8 percent of the vote and Mitchell had 47.2 percent.