Williams city council early election results in
WILLIAMS - Voters in the Williams City Council Primary Election, held Aug. 30, have incumbents Frank McNelly and Jim Wurgler leading the race for the three open seats. Coconino County Recorder's Office reported the results are unofficial and official results will be announced next week.
With three seats up for election this fall on the Williams City Council as well as the mayor's seat, seven people declared their candidacy.
Mayor John Moore, Councilmen McNelly, Wurgler, and Craig Fritsinger,and newcomers Dawn Trapp, Jim Karlsberger and George Otero were all on the primary election ballot.
Moore is running uncontested and with 341 votes cast has received 312 votes or 92 percent of votes. There have been 29 write-in votes.
As of Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. 1,145 votes were received. McNelly received 247 or 22 percent of the votes, Wurgler received 234 or 20 percent votes, Dawn Trapp received 179 votes or 16 percent of the votes, George Otero received 168 or 15 percent of the votes, Craig Fritsinger received 165 votes or 14 percent of the votes and Jim Karlsberger received 150 votes or 13 percent of the votes.
If any candidate in the primary election receives a majority of the votes, the candidate will be elected to the council and will not need to compete in the Nov. 8 general election. The majority of vote is calculated by dividing the total number of votes cast by the number of vacant seats. Thus of the 1,145 votes, 191 votes are the majority (50 percent plus one).
If the prelimary results remain unchanged, McNelly and Wurgler will have reached the majority votes needed and would retain their council seats.
The remaining seat would go to the next candidate who reaches the majority of votes. If there is no other candidate with a majority of votes, the next two candidates with the most votes will challenge each other in the general election.
More information can be found at http://www.coconino.az.gov/elections.
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