Shelby wins race for San Juan County clerk

Three San Juan County Commission candidates ran unopposed

Leigh Black Irvin
Chief Deputy San Juan County Clerk Tanya Shelby answers a voter's questions during a phone call on Tuesday at the San Juan County Clerk's Office in Aztec. Shelby was elected as county clerk on Tuesday.

FARMINGTON — Chief Deputy San Juan County Clerk Tanya Shelby, a Republican, defeated Democratic challenger Zachariah George this evening in the race for county clerk.

Final voting results released at 11:03 p.m. by the county clerk's office showed Shelby with 30,594 votes compared to George's 13,276.

Shelby, 42, counted on her experience to persuade voters she should continue her service. She has held a variety of jobs in the San Juan County Clerk’s office over the past 23 years, culminating with her current position as deputy clerk.

"I'm honored to serve as the next county clerk and would like to thank all voters in San Juan County for their support," she said in a phone interview tonight. "We're blessed to have an amazing staff here serving all the residents of San Juan County."

George's candidacy marked his first run for public office. The 22-year-old pointed to his experience as an executive assistant and staff director for the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President from 2010 to 2013.

Although George did not make a formal concession, he spoke late tonight of making another run in the future.

The three races for the San Juan County Commission were uncontested, with Republicans James Crowley running for commissioner in District 3, Jack Fortner for commissioner in District 4 and John Beckstead for commissioner in District 5.

Crowley had 7,574 votes, Fortner 9,843 votes and Beckstead 6,872 votes.

Also uncontested was Republican Mark Duncan, who ran for the county treasurer seat, and Republican Jimmy Voita who ran for county assessor.

Duncan had 35,973 votes, and Voita 34,854 votes, according to the final voting tallies.

Leigh Black Irvin is the business editor for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4621.