Arnold wins Republican primary for District 1, faces two challengers in November

Published 12:16 am Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Republican District 1 Supervisor John Arnold won his party’s nomination to seek re-election against fellow Republicans Steven Houston and Johnny Beauchamp.

Arnold won with 53 percent of the votes from the four precincts — Bovina, Culkin, Oak Ridge and Redwood — that comprise District 1. Arnold received 832 votes out of 1,563 ballots cast.

“It’s back to work,” he said. “I would like to see some spending removed from the budget and spent differently. I wish we had more clarity on the Old Highway 80 bridge, how someone can own something and receive no money.”

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Arnold seeks to continue his work on the Warren County Board of Supervisors and has a list of things he would like to see the board accomplish if re-elected.

He was first elected in 2011 after toppling three-term incumbent David McDonald in the primary and defeating two opponents easily in the general election.

Arnold was at the Warren County Courthouse as the ballots were read in a race that had him leading in every precinct.

Arnold’s rivals in Tuesday’s primary, Steven Houston, who retired from the U.S. Air Force after 22 years and a real estate agent, and Johnny Beauchamp, a landscape business owner and a former Warren County sheriff’s deputy, received 105 and 626 votes, respectively.

Houston and Beauchamp felt the residents of District 1 were underrepresented and the residents don’t always receive the attention they deserve.

“I want to congratulate John for winning,” Beauchamp said. “I’ll be back in four years. I’ve learned a lot this campaign and will do things a little different next time.”

“It’s just something I’d like to pursue,” Beauchamp said when he announced his decision to run. “It’s really gone down (the community) the past few years. I want to bring it back up.”

Houston was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

Arnold goes on to face two independents, Ed Herring and Ed Gibson in November.

Gibson has led the effort to make all of Warren County a railroad quiet zone.