Mark Mitchell appears to be the new Tempe mayorPosted: Updated:
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- It looks like Mark Mitchell has won the Tempe mayoral election.
That's according to unofficial election results released Thursday afternoon by the Maricopa County Elections Department.
Mitchell's opponent Michael Monti conceded the election in a statement released shortly after the results were announced.
Mitchell has 11,351 votes compared to Monti's 11,212.
Tempe officials say there are three remaining conditional-provisional ballots to be counted.
An automatic re-count would have been triggered if there were 10 or fewer votes separating the candidates.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2012
Tempe releases updated preliminary unofficial General/Special Election results
Tempe, AZ – Tempe City Clerk Brigitta Kuiper has released updated preliminary unofficial results for the city’s May 15 General/Special Election. These results include early ballots dropped off at the polls on Election Day, as well as most of the provisional ballots cast on Tuesday.
Mark Mitchell has been elected Mayor and Kolby Granville has been elected to the City Council.
Write-in votes will be counted by about 5 p.m. Friday. Three conditional provisional ballots – cast by voters who did not bring ID to the polls – will be finalized by 5 p.m. Friday. A final canvass of the votes is scheduled for the City Council’s approval at its May 31 meeting – at that time, the results will be official.
Estimated voter turnout was 26.7 percent, with the majority casting early ballots. Tempe has 85,181 registered voters and the total number of ballots cast is 22,753.
Updated preliminary unofficial tallies for Mayor:
Mark Mitchell – 11,351 votes (49.89 percent)
Michael Monti – 10,212 votes (49.28 percent)
Rick Carias* (write-in) – 0 votes (0.00 percent)
*Votes cast for write-in candidates are hand-counted and will be available after 5 p.m., Friday, May 18.
Updated preliminary unofficial tallies for one City Council seat:
Dick Foreman – 9,383 votes (41.24 percent)
Kolby Granville – 11,698 votes (51.41 percent)
Joel Navarro and Corey Woods were re-elected to City Council seats in the March 13 Primary Election.
Proposition 439, a proposed amendment to the Tempe City Charter, Article VII, Nominations and Elections, 7.01 city elections:
YES – 14,667 (72.04 percent)
NO – 5,692 (27.96 percent)