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9/4/2014 2:03:00 PM
Primary may have decided Jerome council seats
Lew Currier
Lew Currier
Tentative Jerome council winners
• Lew Currier, 87 votes

• Douglas Freund, 78 votes

• Christina "Alex" Barber, 66 votes

• Nikki Check, 71 votes

• Abe Stewart, 63 votes

Yvonne Gonzalez
Staff Reporter

JEROME -- Five Jerome council candidates received the minimum 63 votes to get elected straight out of the primary, according to updated numbers from Yavapai County.

Town Manager Candace Gallagher said Jerome's attorney has confirmed that if these numbers hold after the official countywide canvass Sept. 5, there will be no general election to fill the council.

The town has been working this week to untangle a new law signed in April by Gov. Jan Brewer that changed the formula for calculating primary winners.

"Based on the new numbers, it now appears that we have filled all five seats at the primary," Gallagher said.

The town formerly used one half plus one of the number of actual ballots cast, rather than votes cast, to determine frontrunners.

Now, actual votes cast are divided by the number of seats to be filled, divided by two, and rounded up to the nearest whole number, Gallagher said. The result is the number needed to avoid a general election, in this case, 63 votes.

Abe Stewart has those 63, but Gallagher said it was unclear whether he met the cutoff or needed to proceed to a runoff election in November.

Stewart would have had to face Chad Hembrough in the General Election.

Incumbent Bill Phinney died Aug. 27.

Jerome had 169 ballots cast and 348 votes in this primary, according to Desi Zurcher, Yavapai County Elections database programmer.

Official final results will follow after the Sept. 5 county canvass.

Jerome, Clarkdale, Sedona, Dewey-Humboldt, and Wickenberg need to have a list of candidates proceeding to the general turned into the county by 5 p.m. Monday.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014
Article comment by: Bill Died?

Obits are a bit behind I guess. I did not know Bill Phinney died Aug 27. Condolences to his friends and family. Dang, gotta read a political article to find out the man died? Get with it, VI.

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