Dinkins wins special election

Republican candidate Chris Dinkins has won voter approval to succeed former Rep. Paul Fitzwater as the State Representative from the 144th District.

Dinkins was Fitzwater's legislative assistant, who managed Fitzwater's Jefferson City office.

The Republican faced Democratic candidate Jim Scaggs, the Presiding Commiissioner of Iron County.

Scaggs carried only one county - Iron County - in the four-counties making up the 144th District.

Overall unofficial results show that Dinkins drew 2,988 votes in the district, while Scaggs drew 2,699.

As winner of this special election, Dinkins will finish the remainder of Fitzwater's term, or until the end of the year.

The position will also be on the Primary ballot with the potential of a full slate of canidates.

More in the next issue of The Mountain Echo.

Special Election – State Legislature District 144 – unofficial

Iron County results:

Republican Chris Dinkins - 724 - 38.531 percent

Democrat Jim Scaggs - 1,155 – 61.469 percent

Total votes - 1,879

Reynolds County results:

Republican Chris Dinkins - 621 - 54 percent

Democrat Jim Scaggs - 529 – 46 percent

Total votes - 1,150

Washington County results:

Republican Chris Dinkins - 676 - 62.651 percent

Democrat Jim Scaggs - 403 – 37.349 percent

Total votes - 1,079

Wayne County results:

Republican Chris Dinkins - 977 - 61.485 percent

Democrat Jim Scaggs - 612 – 38.515 percent

Total votes - 1,589

Overall District Totals:

Republican Chris Dinkins - 2,998 - 52.624 percent

Democrat Jim Scaggs - 2,699 – 47.376 percent

Total votes - 5,697