Belcher wins Republican primary; retains county assessor spot

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer

Incumbent Roosevelt County Assessor Tex Belcher kept his position by capturing more than 71 percent of the votes for the Republican seat in Tuesday’s primary election.

Belcher received 998 votes, compared to the 398 votes — or almost 29 percent — challenger Kenner Carrasco received.

There was no Democrat candidate running, meaning Belcher is unopposed in the November general election and will continue as assessor.

“I’m just very pleased I had as much support as I had,” he said.

Belcher pledged to continue doing his best for county citizens and to hold tax values down as much as his office has the authority to do.

He said he believed he won because voters recognized honesty in the office and trusted him and his staff.

Carrasco said he was disappointed to lose, but “life goes on.”

“That’s just the way it goes,” he said.

Carrasco said he wanted to make a change and give people a choice, and he was more disappointed for his supporters than himself.

He said Belcher would be fine and he hoped voters would keep asking questions.