3/11/2013 9:55:00 AM Election ends Tuesday for Prescott Valley races
Ken Hedler Special to the Tribune
Voters have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to turn in envelopes that contain their ballots for the mail-only election for mayor, three Town Council seats and two propositions.
"I'm really hoping for a really good turnout," Town Clerk Diane Russell said. The mail-only election for council drew a modest turnout of 28.8 percent of the qualified voters in 2011.
Voters may deliver the envelopes until the cutoff time to the white Yavapai County Elections drop-off box outside the Civic Center, 7401 E. Civic Circle. Russell said the drop-off box will be locked at that time, adding she expects county officials will upload the unofficial results by 8 p.m. at http://www.yavapai.us/elections.
The county elections staff received 5,063 ballots - 22 percent of the total - as of Tuesday, Russell said.
She said voters may vote inside a booth by her office on the second floor of the Civic Center, but no voter had done so as of Thursday morning.
Voters will pick a mayor and two seats on the council for four-year terms and one council seat for a two-year term. They also will decide two ballot measures: Proposition 422, home rule, which gives staff more flexibility in preparing the municipal budget; and Proposition 423, the General Plan 2025 update.
Candidates for mayor are incumbent Harvey Skoog, seeking his third term, and Louie Lizza, a retired New York City police officer. Running for the two four-year seats are council appointee Michael Whiting and candidates Douglas Bebb and Stephen Marshall.
Marty Grossman, Matt Zurcher and Craig Arps are running for the open two-year seat.
The town will conduct a runoff May 21 if necessary. However, a runoff is unlikely, and Russell does not recall any runoff in the nearly 10 years she has been on the job.
The election also has the most candidates during Russell's tenure as town clerk. The council will have at least two new members in June - when the terms start - because Patty Lasker decided against seeking re-election and appointee Don Tjiema chose not to run to hold onto his seat.
Voters may follow election results at a reception that the Committee to re-elect Skoog for Mayor scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Fireside Grill, 2982 Park Ave.