Mesquite voters elect 3 new council members









Mesquite voters defied the age-old axiom that incumbents have the edge when they elected three new members to the Mesquite City Council and let go of two sitting members on the dais.

With a hundred percent of the vote in, Sandra Ramaker, George Gault, and Annie Black were elected to four-year terms on the council.

Ramaker received 57.29 percent of the total votes cast for council seat #1 with 4,061 votes, beating out incumbent Geno Withelder who received 42.71 percent with 3,028 votes.

Gault beat incumbent council member David Ballweg in the council seat #3 race. Gault received 56.16 percent with 3,932 votes to Ballweg’s 43.84 percent with 3,070 votes.

Black won a much closer race against Karen Fielding for council seat #4 taking 51.97 percent with 3,792 votes. Fielding received 48.03 percent with 3,505 votes.

Gault said of his very-first election victory, “I am very pleased and honored and so appreciative to everyone who helped with their ideas, time, money. All the support was just great. It’s not anything I did by myself. I’m looking forward to working with the other council people and see how we can come together on ideas and priorities to get things moving.”

My first priority is to continue work on workforce housing and actually get something on the ground. It’s only going to get worse and continue being a barrier to bringing more businesses in. We need to find ways to incentive builders and get something going. You can’t just snap your fingers and have something finished overnight. We need to continue diversifying our tax base and our economy.”

The Ramaker win was a turnaround from the June primary election when Withelder beat her by 21 votes in a three-way race that also included Kay Mercer. Black came in first in the primary election taking 1,669 votes to Fielding’s 948 votes. Charles Kruder came in third in that race with 901 votes.

Since only two people filed for seat #3, Ballweg and Gault, they did not appear on the primary ballot.

This year marked the first Mesquite City Council election in which candidates had to declare for a particular seat rather than running at large. Seat numbers do not limit the geographic area of representation like ward numbers do. Rather, it limits the candidates to running against another individual rather than a whole group.

Had the same process been used this year as has been in all previous elections when candidates ran at-large and the top three vote-getters took a seat on the dais, the outcome wouldn’t have been much different. Ramaker won the most votes (4,061), Gault would have been second (3,932), and Black would have come in third (3,792). Fielding would have been fourth (3,505), Ballweg would have come in fifth (3,070) and Withelder would have been last (2,934).

In the race for two seats on the Virgin Valley Water District Board of Directors, sitting member Ben Davis took first place with 3,086 votes and John Burrows won 2,863 votes. The third competitor, Jere Walker, received 2,744 votes. Both Davis and Burrows will hold a four-year term expiring in 2022.

In the race for Bunkerville Justice of the Peace, incumbent Darryll Dodenbier received 56.85 percent with 232 votes beating Brian Haviland’s 43.14 percent with 176 votes.



  1. David Petrillo says:

    It was a great victory last night for the City of Mesquite. We now have two women on the council as well as someone who is committed to bringing affordable housing to the city. Without housing, we have no chance to attract new industry. I am a little worried about Ms Black as I see her as a Trumper and someone who is very partisan. We need people who are willing to help bring people iof
    all nationalities, races, and religions to Mesquite. Diversity is always a big positive. We need people who are willing to work hard. I wish the new council well. We need to move the city forward.

  2. Jon McNett says:

    I think David said it all Mesquite. Welcome to the Blue wave! With no particular worries of ability or knowledge about the positions, we’re welcoming individuals based on sex and party affiliation.

  3. Amy Marshall says:

    I was very happy with the results as well, however I do have one little beef. While every other candidate followed the rules and kept their distance from the voters and the polling place, one saw fit to use us as a captive audience and campaign while we were in line, including handing out pamphlets. While I know our poll workers are busy, after this had been reported, this individual should have been told to stop it. This was a blatant disregard for those of us who were in line witnessing this shameless effort to get elected. Shame on him.

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