By Tony Parra
Democrat David Sanders defeated Republican Charles May 851 votes to 775 votes in the Roosevelt County Commission, District 2 race on Tuesday.
The final unofficial results showed Sanders earned 76 more votes than May.
“It’s been hectic,” Sanders said about the results. “I was down then I was up then I was down. Now I’m up. I won precincts two and 18. I’m happy for that because that’s what put me over.”
Sanders paced back and forth at the Roosevelt County Courthouse late evening on Tuesday waiting for the results of his race. Each time a county official updated the wall with a new sheet, Sanders was jotting down numbers on his notepad.
The numbers did not look good for Sanders after the first updates when the early vote count showed May with a 133 to 93 lead. Those numbers began to look better for Sanders as the updates continued to pile on. Sanders won precincts 18 and 12.
“It’s been inspiring,” May said about the early results.
May said he wasn’t sure what to expect from the results. Sanders said he can’t remember another election being so nerve-racking. Sanders was a Roosevelt County commissioner from 1990 to 2000 and ran in three other races.
“This is the first time I’ve been in an election that has been so close,” Sanders said. “I ran unopposed once and the first time I ran it wasn’t close. I won easily.”
May won the Republican primaries against two other candidates in June with 97 votes, finishing ahead of Harvey Teague (89) and George Martin (49). May said he heard good things about the turnouts and the higher early voter turnouts.
“I think that’s what being able to vote is all about,” May said. “If you don’t vote, you don’t have much right to complain. It’s a right a lot of people died for.”
May said he does not see himself running again in 2008. Sanders said he was still going to be uneasy until he receives the official results on Friday.
“I’m extremely happy to have won,” Sanders said.