Republican Burton likely to take commission seat

Elida-area resident Republican Scott Burton is the likely successor to two-term Democrat Roosevelt County Commissioner Gene Creighton.

Burton won a three-person race in Roosevelt County’s District 4 Republican primary Tuesday, garnering 144 votes to nearest challenger Nancy Gentry’s 117.

David Craig tallied 57 votes.

With no one filed on the Democrat primary ballot in the district, Burton would take office in January unless a write-in or independent candidate files today.

“I feel really good,” Burton said shortly after votes were tallied Tuesday. “I just thank the Lord for all the support.”

The 36-year-old Burton, who also serves on the Roosevelt County Fair Board and Elida School Board said his home community of Elida eagerly supported him. He said members of the community asked him to run.

“I felt very humbled that everyone trusted me to represent them in Roosevelt County,” Burton said. “I’m thankful I live in a small community like Elida.”

Gentry congratulated Burton saying it was obvious to her that he had received strong support from Elida.

“I was very disappointed in the Portales turnout but the campaign was a good one,” Gentry said. “I hadn’t met Scott until recently and I think he’ll be good. He’s a good family man.”

Candidate Craig hadn’t remained at the courthouse to wait on returns and hadn’t yet received any news when contacted by the PNT. He said was surprised at how hard-fought the race was.

“We campaigned hard,” he said. “Scott campaigned the hardest, Scott deserves it.”

Burton said he has no big agenda for the office and he believes the current commissioners have by-and-large done a good job.

“I just want to fall in there and try and help them and keep moving Roosevelt County forward,” Burton said.