Barncastle concedes sheriff’s race

June 25, 2014 • Local News

Patrick Barncastle, who came within a baker’s dozen of ballots of winning the Republican nomination for Chaves County sheriff, told the Daily Record Tuesday he would not request a recount.

“No, we’re not going to,” Barncastle said Tuesday. “That’s just the bottom line. We’ve decided not to.”

Barncastle had said he was considering a recount after the Chaves County commissioners on June 6 canvassed the election results and added six [auth] votes each for Barncastle and Britt Snyder. In total, 20 more ballots were added to the June 3 election tallies, but the new ballots did not affect any race.

Barncastle’s decision seals the GOP nomination for Snyder, and most likely the general election in November.

The final vote tally in the four-candidate GOP sheriff’s race was 1,672 votes for Snyder, 1,660 for Barncastle, 576 for Arthur Fleming, and 444 for Gary Graves.

No Democrat ran for sheriff.

“I’m glad it’s over,” Snyder said Tuesday. “I kind of figured it was over two weeks ago, or longer. I didn’t figure they would request a recount, but that was up to them. I’m definitely glad it’s over.”

County Clerk Dave Kunko said Barncastle had until June 18 to file for a recount in district court.

Kunko said the sheriff’s race would not officially be decided until Thursday, assuming no other candidates file for sheriff.

Thursday is the filing day for third-party candidates, such as the Green Party, to file for sheriff for other local and state offices, Kunko said.

Thursday is also the day for Democrat or Republican candidates to declare themselves as write-in candidates, if those individuals did not run for the offices in the primaries, Kunko explained.

Snyder, chief deputy of the Chaves County sheriff’s office, said he didn’t know if he would have a challenger in November.

“If somebody wants to get in, that’s certainly out of my control,” Snyder said. “Historically, Democrats or Republicans are the only ones who participate in elections here.”

Barncastle, 61, did not rule out a rematch against Snyder in 2018. This was Barncastle’s first election attempt and the first for Snyder since 1988.

“I don’t know that that’s going to happen,” Barncastle said. “It’s too early. That’s four years down the road.”

Barncastle, the chief investigator for 5th Judicial District Attorney Janetta Hicks, said he would continue to work with Snyder and others in law enforcement in Chaves, Eddy and Lea counties, which comprise the 5th Judicial District.

“We’re in full support of Britt and his administration and look forward to working with him daily like we do,” said Barncastle, who was endorsed by the Roswell Police Officers Association and the Pecos Valley Fraternal Order of Police.

“He and I have been good friends for a long time and I look forward to continuing working closely with him and law enforcement agencies, including the sheriff’s department. That’s not going to change.

“I’ll continue to work with all law enforcement. That’s part of my job as the chief investigator of the district attorney’s office.”

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