Originally Published: March 10, 2005 12:10 a.m.
The people of Prescott Valley spoke in a muted voice in terms of voter turnout, but clearly in terms of their preferences for the two vacancies on the Town Council.
Despite previous mail-in ballot elections that have sported turnout in the 60 percent range, fewer than 38 percent of the eligible voters in Prescott Valley voted this time around.
But they elected Yavapai College Administrator Angie Parker to fill one of the two seats outright. She was the top choice with 2,900 votes out of the approximately 5,200 cast in the race.
Second-place vote-getter was former Prescott Councilman Harold Wise, who garnered 2,327 – not enough, though, to keep him out of a runoff that will take place May 17. County election officials have yet to count 300 ballots that came in on Election Day, but Wise would have to get 273 of those votes to avoid the runoff.
Incumbent Councilman Tom Steele, who came to office in a recall election this past fall, came in third with 2,170 votes, and former Councilwoman Eunice Conner came in last at 1.918.
The two top remaining vote-getters, Wise and Steele, now will face off in the May 17 runoff. That, too, will be a mail-in ballot election. Let's hope the turnout improves considerably over the Tuesday results.