UPDATED: Richard Anderson cruises to Kingman mayoral win
KINGMAN - By the time the metaphorical smoke cleared Tuesday night, Kingman had a new mayor in Richard Anderson, who won with more than 64 percent of the vote.
Councilwoman Jen Miles, appointed to fill a vacancy in 2013, won a full term and Mark Abrams also took one of three seats outright in what turned out to be not one incredibly tight City Council race, but two.
While the results will remain unofficial until the election is canvassed, Abrams pulled in 1,849 votes for a 20.56 percentage of the nearly 9,000 votes cast - while Miles drew nods from 1,846 voters for a 20.52 percentage.
Meanwhile, the 1,424 votes Kent Simmons earned put him 19 ahead of the 1,405 tallied for Stuart Yocum, 15.83 percent to 15.62 percent, respectively.
Simmons and Yocum head to a runoff in the Nov. 4 general election. Carol Decker-Noli was right behind them with 1,368 votes, or 15.21 percent. Janice Palmer drew a respectable 1,077 votes.
Kingman City Clerk Sydney Muhle cautioned the numbers could change in the City Council race, emphasizing the results are not final.
Another election voters decided at Tuesday's primary was the only contested Mohave County Superior Court judgeship - Division 2. No other judge was challenged.
Derek Carlisle soundly defeated Lake Havasu City attorney Phil Krueger, taking nearly 55 percent of the nearly 15,200 votes cast, 8,317 to 6,803.
Division 2 is located in Lake Havasu City and handles civil and family cases.
The Mohave County Board of Supervisors must now fill the Commissioner Court vacancy Carlisle's election created.
With nearly 10,000 votes, state Rep. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, took more than twice as many votes as any two of his four Republican competitors outside of Kingman dentist Gina Cobb, who brought in nearly 22 percent of the votes with 6,136. Boulder City Councilman Sam Medrano earned 4,834 votes and Quartzite resident Jennifer Jones garnered 4,080. Lake Havasu City businessman George Schnittgrund earned 3,159 votes.
On the Democratic side, Golden Valley resident Beth Weisser had a few more votes than Joseph "Joe" Longoria of Kingman - 3,305 to 2,980. Two candidates from each party will be on the ballot in November.
Cerbat Justice of the Peace John Taylor, a Republican, garnered more than 80 percent of the vote - 2,360 to 542 - against Republican challenger Mervyn Pitchfork Freedom. Ray Cullison will be his constable after defeating Debbie Francis 1,584 to 1,203.
Republican Mike Cobb easily won against Republican Neal Hickerson, 2,414 to 583.