Craig Wismer elected Arrowhead Justice of the Peace - Your West Valley News: Elections

Craig Wismer elected Arrowhead Justice of the Peace

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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 9:15 am

Arrowhead Justice of Peace

Tony Behrens                   320

Debra Boehlke                  2,395

Jana Gunn                        1,387

David C. Hickman             1,377

Francisco Meneses            65

Patrick H. Montgomery      18

George L. Mothershed       61

Craig Wismer                   4,860

Richard A. Young              271

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