No changes in Kingman Council races

Wimpee, Carver finish 1-2; Gordon loses re-election bid

Mark Wimpee and Robin Gordon

Mark Wimpee and Robin Gordon

KINGMAN - You can take the "maybe" asterisk off Kingman's run-off election results. The count has been finalized, and those who led on Tuesday won seats Thursday.

Though Vice Mayor Robin Gordon had a fighter's chance of overcoming Councilwoman Carole Young's slim 44-vote lead, Young extended her lead by 46 votes, winning the final Council seat by 90.

Larry Carver and Mark Wimpee will serve their first terms on Council while Young begins her second.

About 650 ballots were counted between Tuesday and Thursday - most of them early ballots. Those counted brought voter turnout up from 13.90 percent to 18.06 percent. Of the 15,995 registered voters in Kingman, 2,889 participated in the May 15 election.

End results showed Wimpee with 1,679 votes (22.81 percent), Carver with 1,638 votes (22.26 percent), Young with 1,395 votes (18.95 percent), Gordon with 1,305 votes (17.73 percent), Janice Palmer with 666 votes (9.05 percent) and Kelly DeMaio with 648 votes (8.80 percent). There were also 29 votes (0.39 percent) for write-in candidates, despite there being no official write-in candidate.

Right along with the candidates on the ballot was Kingman's Home Rule option. Voters decided to renew it, as they have every four years since 1988. The option allows the city to set sanitation, water and wastewater outside of the expenditure limit for municipalities set by the state.

The two new Council members along with Young will be sworn in for their four-year terms on June 5 during the Council meeting at the City Complex, 310 N. Fourth St.

"I feel privileged to have won the third seat on Council," said Young. "I will continue to focus on public safety and economic development. ... I would like to thank everyone who voted for me."

Even though he came up with the most votes, Wimpee knows he still has a lot of work to do. He promised to repay the voters by seeking their input on issues and making strong decisions with their opinions in mind.

Carver said his goal of becoming a go-to person for the community when it comes to city-related information remains as important to him now as it was when he entered the race.

"I hope people want to come to me with their opinions, ideas and questions," Carver said. "I want to help people understand."