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5/21/2013 8:50:00 PM
Elinski tops Norman in council race; voters OK permanent base adjustment
Tim Elinski
Tim Elinski

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

In a race that pitted two incumbent Cottonwood City Council members against each other, Tim Elinski emerged the victor over Linda Norman in Tuesday's Cottonwood general election by almost a 60 to 40 percent margin.

In a second ballot question, voters also gave easy approval to Cottonwood's bid for a permanent adjustment of the expenditure base of the city.

Elinski received 1005 votes compared to 650 for Norman, according to the Yavapai County election summary. Voters approved Proposition 425, the permanent base adjustment by a 1015-615 margin.

The race between the incumbents emerged after the primary election March 12 in which five candidates sought one of three seats. Incumbent Karen Pfeifer and newcomer Randy Garrison were both elected in that contest with more than 50 percent of the balloting and Darold Smith was eliminated leaving Elinski and Norman to compete for the remaining seat.

"I have had a good eight years, two terms. I have enjoyed every bit of it," said Norman, who will step down in June when the new council is seated. "I have learned a lot. I met a lot of people I didn't know before. I have been involved in a lot of different groups."

"It is truly a bittersweet victory," said Elinski. "She has served a long time. I don't like to see her go. I am humbled that was the result."

Elinski's announced priority for the next four years is "water."

"I would really like to promote Cottonwood as a very progressive and forward-thinking community," said Elinski.

Cottonwood Proposition 425 asked voters to permanently adjust the base expenditure by $5,894,399. That approval permanently adjusts the base limitation from $44,961,481 to $53,394,819.

That adjustment accommodates the nearly 30 years of changes in the Cottonwood city operations from 1979 to the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

This marks the last time the local municipal election is held in the spring for Cottonwood, as well as for Camp Verde. Under a measure approved by the legislature, future local elections will be held on a September-November time schedule along with state races. That means candidates elected during this year's elections will serve a longer term than usual.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Article comment by: For all of Mr. Henry's zeal in protest -

Does he consider that he may be doing more to reduce voter turnout than help it?

By twisting his blade of self assured righteousness back and forth over and over how many people will just decide their vote does not count based upon his concerns?

If by some chance the voting procedures ever change to accommodate his concerns (unsure of exactly what they are really), there is a good chance that nobody will show up thanks to his repeated bashing of the system and it's integrity.

The term of 'be careful what you wish for, you just might get it'' comes to the collective mind.

Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Article comment by: The Numbers Are Questionable?

Since, by election laws, the count results are not
verified by election officials/workers by doing
a hand count (to make sure the machine count
is correct) we the voters will not be told what
the real count is.

This denial of a true count to the voters is a
denial of their voting rights.

Hopefully our city council and mayor will lead the
way to changing our election laws to give every
voter their voting rights.

Thanks and Good Luck,

Frank Henry
Cottonwood, Arizona
Tel: 928-649-0249

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