City vote is official as 36.9 percent cast ballots in election

The results of the March 9 Kingman primary election became official after the vote was canvassed and accepted by the Kingman City Council on Monday.

The voter turnout was 36.9 percent, with 4,446 ballots cast after 255 mail-in ballots were verified and counted by the Mohave County Elections Department and forwarded to the Kingman City Clerk's Office.

The clerk is the elections official for the city, and the city contracts with the county for election materials and counting.

Proposition 400 to confirm the council's decision to rezone land for the Wal-Mart Supercenter passed in each of the six city voting districts.

The vote total was 3,306 to 1,193.

Mayor Les Byram garnered 2,024 votes and will face Monica Gates, who had 1,882 votes, in the Kingman General Election on May 18.

Frank McVey garnered 647 votes and missed the runoff.

McVey and Gates will leave their seats on the Kingman City Council at the first meeting in June.

Dave French was re-elected to another four-year council term with 2,791 votes, well more than the 2,324 that marked 50 percent of votes cast plus one.

Tom Spear won a four-year term after two years away from the council with 2,402 votes.

Tom Carter drew 2,035 votes and Michael Schoeff, with 1,328 votes, will face off on May 18 for the remaining council seat.

Matthew Hreha had 1,026 votes, Richard Glancy 999 and Herberta Schroeder 939.

Council members are elected for staggered four-year terms.

The highest turnout was in the Camelback District, where 238 of 474 registered voters, 50.2 percent, cast ballots.

The lowest turnout was 24.8 percent in the Downtown District, where 345 of 1,391 eligible voters made it to the polls.

East Bench voters cast 1,540 votes for a turnout of 41.3 percent.

North Kingman and Mountainview voters cast 1,286 ballots for a 38.5 percent turnout.

In the Hilltop and Country Club precincts, 761 of 2,202 eligible voters turned out, or 34.6 percent.

Fairgrounds and Broadway precinct voters had a 32.6 percent turnout.

Some 476 of 1,458 voters cast ballots.

The turnout was far above the 13 percent during recent city elections with the Wal-Mart rezoning issue credited for bringing out more voters.

Wal-Mart spent $47,000 on its successful campaign.

The first competitive race for mayor in several years added to the turnout.

On May 18, in addition to the runoff for mayor and one council seat, voters will cast ballots on General Plan 2020 and the budget limit.