Mayor Jeff Serdy won a second term in the race for mayor in the August 28 primary election, besting Councilman Dave Waldron by more than 800 votes. According to early unofficial vote counts posted at 11 a.m. on August 30, with all 102 precincts reporting, Serdy had 2,667 votes to Waldron’s 1,805. There were 61 votes cast in Maricopa County with 35 for Mr. Serdy and 26 for Mr. Waldron.
Incumbents Gail Evans and Christa Rizzi with 2,700 and 2,664 votes respectively and Robert Schroeder with 2,616 votes were the top three vote-getters for the three City Council seats.
Walker Waldie, the fourth candidate in the race, also appears above the threshold with 1,957 votes.
The threshold for winning one of three seats on the City Council is 1,662 votes (calculated with the current, but unofficial vote total).
The winners are decided by taking the total votes (9,969) divided by the number of seats (3), which equals 3,323. That number is then divided by 50% (1,662).
When contacted by The News, Apache Junction City Clerk Kathy Connelly did not speculate on the City Council outcome. She said that the provisional and walk-in ballots would need to be counted before an accurate threshold could be calculated. A final canvass of voters and a cetification might not be approved until September 17.
Proposition 423 (Permanent Base Adjustment Option) is currently passing with 2,990 yes votes to 1,109 no votes. (see story)
Voter turnout on August 28 for the 16 Pinal County precincts in the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon area hovered in the range of 10% to 30%.