Originally Published: September 2, 2018 11:17 p.m.
Unofficial elections results are in for Yavapai County and one Dewey-Humboldt race has switched its third- and fourth-place winners.
The number issued on the Yavapai County Recorder’s Office website indicates 68 percent of Republican Party voters turned out on Primary Election Day, Aug. 28, and 30 percent of registered Democratic Party voters turned in their ballots.
In Dewey-Humboldt, the most recent numbers, as of 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, show the previous third-place winner for three available council seats was bumped into fourth place.
Lynn Collins, previously reported in fourth place with one vote separating her and fifth place candidate Nancy Wright, moved into third place with 504 votes, bumping incumbent Doug Treadway, with 493 votes, out of a council seat by only 11 votes. Wright finished with 476 votes.
Collins said in a Sept. 2 phone call that she is looking forward to getting some work done.
“The building codes, especially, and commercial zoning. People, in my opinion, from what I’ve seen, is that it’s really crucial to have a lot of citizen involvement,” she said. “I want people to have a big say for what is coming in next to them.”
To get ready, Collins said she is learning the zoning codes, and trying to get caught up, as it will be a process. “I have high hopes for the next four years and doing the work for people living here and the way they want it done,” she added.
Treadway, now out of the race, had said previously that whatever the results were it would be a win-win situation. He said on Election Day he felt all the candidates would do a good job and had the best interest of the town at heart.
“I really wish the council the best. I’m a little disappointed, but I had a good four years on the council,” Treadway said Sept. 2. “I guess I’ll take up fly fishing and do more camping.”
He will continue his involvement with the Area Agency on Aging and also serves on the town’s Environmental Issues Advisory Committee.
No other council or mayoral races changed except by percentage vote spread.
In the Prescott Valley mayoral race, Kell Palguta’s numbers increased from being ahead by 69 votes to becoming the unofficial winner by 297 votes.
Unable to be reached on Election night, Palguta stated by phone Aug. 31 he was glad everything is over, and he is hoping to bring the town in a new direction, a positive direction. “I want to build off of what we have,” he said. “During the campaign, I met a lot of people who want to be involved in the future. I heard a lot of great ideas.”
One of his first actions, he said, will be to develop citizen advisory groups where participants can brainstorm what the community wants and let their voices be heard so that council members can explore different options to see where it is that everyone would like the town to go.
“My goal is to start off with fresh ideas, a new look at things, and let council know we want to hear their thoughts,” he said.
In Dewey-Humboldt, the mayoral results also did not change. Incumbent Terry Nolan won with 55.5 percent of the vote to Victoria Wendt’s 44 percent.
Nolan said on Election Night he thought the race would be close. “Evidently, I’m doing what’s right, and I hope what I intend to do is right for this community.”
Wendt expressed her frustration with town leadership, and said, “There’s always disappointment in our lives and we have to keep trudging along. I gave 150 percent of my effort to get something done.” She promised, “You will see me around.”