Pascual takes early lead in race against Smith for Mohave Community College board seat
In the race for Mohave Community College’s District 3 Governing Board seat, challenger Ashley Pascual took an early lead over incumbent Phyllis Smith Tuesday evening.
Voter turnout ballooned throughout Mohave County for the general election, according to the Mohave County Elections Office, with 10 percent more voters arriving at the polls. By 11 p.m., no precincts had a full tally of votes for MCC’s Governing Board, but early ballots gave Pascual a commanding lead.
Of those ballots, 62 percent favored Pascual over Smith. With such a large number of votes left uncounted as of Tuesday evening, however, victory remained to be seen.
Pascual, a Havasu native, has served on the Lake Havasu City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and is a certified public manager through Arizona State University. She has a master’s degree in negotiation, conflict resolution and peace-building from California State University.
Smith has served on the MCC Governing Board since 2012, working with fellow school officials in shaping the direction and future of educational pursuits in Mohave County. She is also a graduate of Arizona State University, a former public affairs specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a former educator for NASA Ames Research Center in California.
“The voters have two great choices in the candidates who want to represent central and southern Lake Havasu City on the MCC Governing Board,” said MCC spokesman James Jarman. “The college community is confident the candidate voters choose will provide quality oversight and help move the college into the future.”
As of 11 p.m., Pascual maintained a lead of 4,205 votes to Smith’s 2,515. A final tally of election-night votes was still pending.
Attempts to contact Pascual through social media, and Smith via email were unsuccessful as of press time Tuesday.