Court dismisses suit by Peoria City Councilman

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- A lawsuit by a longtime Peoria City Councilman who says he won the August primary has been dismissed in court.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge made the ruling Thursday.

Ron Aames has represented the city's Palo Verde District since 2007. He had 1,852 votes in the Aug. 26 primary compared to 1,803 for challenger Michael Finn.

That will put Aames in a November runoff.

Aames says the city attorney told him voters who didn't select a candidate in the municipal race are counted in the total.

Aames say that means non-voters overrided the rights of those who did vote. He asked the court to declare him elected to the Palo Verde District.

But the court found that a council candidate needed at least 2,049 votes to receive the majority.

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