Republicans will be keeping control of a Justice of the Peace bench in Potter County.
On Tuesday night, Republican police officer Robert Taylor beat Claudia Griego, a Democratic bail bond agent, to win an open Justice of the Peace bench in Potter County’s Precinct 2. Taylor won 52 percent to Griego’s 48 percent to give Republicans control of the bench for four more years.
Taylor won heavily among absentee voters in Potter County, winning 68 percent of the votes on those ballots. Taylor also won 55 percent among early voters, but the results tightened when election day numbers came in, with Griego winning the support of 53 percent of election day voters. While Griego was able to get a last minute boost in those numbers, they were not enough to stop Taylor.
The race was for an open seat after Taylor ousted Republican incumbent Richard Herman in the March primary election. Herman originally flipped the seat out of Democratic hands in 2014, beating longtime Democratic incumbent Nancy Bosquez.