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Willard wins another term as assessor

Mark D. Willard (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Incumbent Mark D. Willard was re-elected on Tuesday as Chaves County Assessor, beating Daniel A. Pruitt, an appraiser in the assessor’s office, by a 60 to 40 percent margin, 2,789 votes to 1,817.

“I just want to thank the Lord and all those who supported me with their prayers … and helped in the campaign,” he said. “I am happy to serve for another four years and happy and pleased with the outcome and the effort.”

The assessor’s race was one of two contested races in the county. The other was the race for sheriff.

County assessors are responsible for determining the amount of property taxes a property owner will pay on an annual basis.

Willard held the office from 1999 to 2006 and then was elected again in 2014. Ron Lethgo, the elected County Assessor for two terms prior to 2014, was Willard’s campaign treasurer.

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Pruitt is a Roswell native, the owner of a storage rental facility and a U.S. Army veteran.

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