By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer
Caleb Chandler is returning to government, and Daniel Stoddard and Wendell Bostwick are projected to join him on the Curry County Commission.
With all but about 85 absentee ballots counted, the former Clovis police chief and state senator took 61.2 percent of the vote in District 5, winning 2,726 to 1,728 over former county commissioner Paul Barnes.
“I’m very pleased,” Chandler said. “I’ve enjoyed the campaign. I had the opportunity to meet a lot of new people. I had the opportunity to renew some friendships with people I hadn’t seen.”
Stoddard took District 2 with 2,485 votes, 67.9 percent, to 1,174 votes for Charles “Benny” Adams.
“I’m just thankful for all the support I got from the community, my family, the people who helped me with the campaign and who voted for me,” Stoddard said. “We’ve got a lot of great employees (at the county). It’s going to be a great time.”
Bostwick, a Melrose Democrat, led Seth Martin with 1,182 votes to 1,025. Bostwick said there were still mail-in votes to be counted, but felt confident.
“I think I’m all right,” Bostwick said. “It’s too late to celebrate (tonight).”