Photo by Les Stukenberg.
The City of Prescott’s run-off election in November is shaping up to be a virtual repeat of the primary, minus one mayoral candidate and two propositions.
None of the candidates in the Tuesday, Aug. 29, primary appeared to receive the required 50 percent-plus-one vote that would have been needed to win a seat outright.
Although a question arose about the necessary number of votes immediately after the county released the unofficial results at about 7:30 p.m., City Attorney Jon Paladini later said that candidates needed 50-percent-plus-one of the 16,432 ballots cast in the primary, which would amount to at least 8,217 votes to win outright.
None of the candidates were close to the number, with totals ranging from 4,503 to 6,984.
That means that the two top vote-getters in the three-way mayoral race will advance to the run-off, as well as all six of the council candidates.
In the unofficial results, mayoral candidate Greg Mengarelli was the clear leader in that race, with about 42 percent of the vote (6,628).
Jean Wilcox, a current City Council member, appears to have finished second in the primary, with about 29.6 percent of the vote (4,695). She is followed closely by Mary Beth Hrin, who had 28.39 percent of the vote (4,503) Tuesday night.
County and city officials emphasized that the results are unofficial on the night of the primary, and more information would be available on Wednesday, Aug. 30. A number of ballots — estimated to be less than 1,000 — reportedly still need to be counted Tuesday night.
From his gathering of supporters at The Palace Restaurant and Saloon, Mengarelli said he was looking forward to the run-off with Wilcox. Of the differences between them, Mengarelli said, “The fact that I have lived here for 22 years and raised a family in town, and have run a business – that sets me apart.”
Wilcox, who gathered with her supporters at The Raven, said she also was happy to still be in the race. Of the differences between her and Mengarelli, Wilcox citied ethics and experience. “When you listen to us at forums, we say a lot of the same things, but he’s being fed information, and he doesn’t have the experience,” she said.
Hrin was unavailable for comment Tuesday night.
Less than 2,000 votes separate the council candidates, with the candidates receiving: Phil Goode, 6,984; Alexa Scholl, 6,869; Steve Blair, 6,622; Connie Cantelme, 5,677; Joe Viccica, 5,352; and Greg Lazzell, 5,200.