Originally Published: March 9, 2011 5:20 p.m.
The two candidates for Chino Valley mayor will go to a run-off in the general election on May 17, since neither received enough votes to make 50 percent-plus-one vote in Tuesday's mail-in balloting. In addition, Lon Turner won one of the three open council seats with 1,287 votes, and four candidates also will go to the run-off for the two remaining seats.
Turner, who will take office at the June 14 council meeting, said he's excited about his win.
"It all begins now," Turner said. "I'm looking forward to working with the other council members and the others who will make it to council and mayor. I hope to make some good progress."
To win the mayor's seat, one of the candidates - incumbent Jim Bunker or newcomer Chris Marley - needed 1,129 votes, which is half of the 2,256 ballots cast plus one vote. In the Yavapai County Elections' unofficial final results as of about 3 p.m. Wednesday, Marley received 1,117 votes and Bunker, 1,103. Seven votes for mayor were write-ins.
Unofficial final results will not be official numbers until they are canvassed, which means the Chino Valley Town Council must approve them with a resolution at its next regular meeting on March 22 at 6 p.m.
Both Marley and Bunker were surprised by the news of the required run-off.
"Anything can happen in Chino," said Marley, who added that he will spend his time between now and the general election "planting a garden."
Bunker was not immediately available for comment.
The four council candidates in the general election will be Darryl Croft with 1,013 votes, Mike Best with 975, Charlotte "Charlie" Marriott with 830, and James Conn with 826. Candidate Donna Williams, who received 736 votes, will not be in the run-off.
Write-in candidates for council received 14 votes. Council candidates also needed 1,129 or more votes to win in the election.