YUMA, Ariz. – The City of Yuma held its primary election Tuesday, Aug. 25, where voters had three ballot choices and four write-in choices for three at-large seats on the City Council, plus one seat for Municipal Court Judge.
This is a preliminary, unofficial tally, reflecting a total of 5,435 ballots cast, processed and released as of 8:40 p.m.
There are approximately 813 ballots remaining to be counted, reflecting “late early” ballots received today and provisional ballots. These ballots will be processed, counted and released later this week.
City Council Votes Cast Percentage of Ballots Cast
Shelton, Mike 3,276 60%
Thomas, Edward 3,182 59%
Miller, Jacob 2,976 55%
Hamersley, Kim (write-in) 658 12%
Young, Marilyn (write-in) 410 8%
Mendoza, Raul (write-in) 378 7%
Madrill, Stephen (write-in) 91 2%
Municipal Judge Votes Cast Percentage of Ballots Cast
Farmer-Umphress, Jenny 4,547 84%
The difference between the remaining uncounted ballots and the closest challengers to the leaders indicate all seats will be filled as a result of this election; there will be no additional election in November for City Council or municipal judge.
Per Yuma City Charter, Article IV, Section 5, any candidate receiving votes constituting a majority of all ballots cast in the primary is elected to office.
With tonight‘s results, that means Thomas, the current Deputy Mayor and only running incumbent, has been elected to a second term. Shelton and Miller have been elected to their first terms.
Councilmembers-elect will serve 4-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2016.
The results remain “unofficial” until they are canvassed by the Yuma City Council at an upcoming meeting.