First report shows Wimpee, Carver and Young as top-three vote getters

Home Rule option passes 2-to-1

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Mayor John Salem (standing) informs the room that Mark Wimpee (seated to his right) pulled in the most votes in the first report.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Mayor John Salem (standing) informs the room that Mark Wimpee (seated to his right) pulled in the most votes in the first report.

KINGMAN - The results are in ... kind of.

With Mohave County Elections Department Director Allen Tempert guessing there's about 550-600 provisional and early ballots yet to be counted, the winners listed on the first report for Kingman's municipal runoff could change in the coming days. Between the Miner's deadline and today, the second report was most likely posted on the Mohave County's elections website. Those can be found by going to http://www.co.mohave.az.us, clicking on the "elections" department tab and then clicking on the "election results" link.

Without further adieu, the first-report results: Mark Wimpee pulled in 1,277 votes (23.17 percent), Larry Carver grabbed 1,256 votes (22.79 percent), Carole Young garnered 1,017 votes (18.45 percent), Robin Gordon had 973 people vote for her (17.65 percent), Janice Palmer pulled in 498 votes (9.03 percent) and Kelly DeMaio grabbed 476 votes (8.64 percent). There were also 15 write-in votes even though there was no official write-in candidate.

Again, these winners may be different come Friday, but as it stands Wimpee, Carver and Young will take the three open City Council seats.

Young, not sure she actually won, declined to comment until the results are finalized.

Wimpee on the other hand was all for talking about his victory.

"To the community, thanks for the support," he said. "This is a big responsibility."

He spoke of paying the community back by making smart, sound decisions and involving the public in discussions. When he threw his proverbial hat in the ring several months ago, he spoke of conducting community meetings on a regular basis as a way to get the community more involved with Kingman's governance. Now that it looks as if he won, nothing has changed.

He still wants to hold community meetings, and he still wants the public involved in the decision making process.

"I'm going to pay the community back by doing the right things in the right ways with the right heart," Wimpee said.

Carver, who received the second most votes on the first report, could not attend the unveiling of the results, as he was umpiring a little league game. He spoke to Councilwoman Erin Cochran, who begged him to show up for the results.

"He told me, 'Until I'm elected, these kids are my first responsibility,'" Cochran said.

The renewal of Kingman's Home Rule option, which allows the city to set water, wastewater and sanitation outside of the state-imposed expenditure limit, passed nearly 2-to-1, with 1,246 people voting yes and 634 voting no.

Of the 15,995 registered Kingman voters, 2,151 (13.45 percent) had their cast ballots counted on the first report.

Expect a couple of election updates in the Miner over the next several days as the remaining ballots are counted.