One week after the historic election day, Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell conceded the race for re-election, meaning that Adrian Fontes will now assume the role and serve as the Recorder for the county.
While Purcell had spent nearly three decades in office, Fontes, a Democrat, had held a slim lead over the incumbent on Monday, with around 100,000 ballots still needing to be counted.
Purcell, who was the longest serving elected official in the state of Arizona, released a statement on Tuesday saying “I want to congratulate Adrian Fontes on a hard fought race and give my word that I will do everything I can to make this a seamless transition.”
Earlier this year, Purcell came under fire for voting issues in the county, specifically long lines that caused voters to wait for hours in order to cast a vote in March’s presidential preference election.
In addition, Purcell was criticized for issues with mistankenly printed ballots in April. Purcell narrowly won a close primary race.
On Tuesday, Fontes released a statement concerning Purcell’s concession that thanked her for her service and reached out to citizen voters in Maricopa County: “First and foremost, I would like to thank Helen for her yeras of service to our county and for the honorable way she conducted herself in this campaign. Ours was a contest of issues, ideas and performance, and should serve as an example for all campaigns conducted in Arizona.”