El Mirage Bond Election Too Close To Call, But Surprise Voters Elect New Mayor

Categories: Election 2011
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It's not looking good for El Mirage officials who rallied for voters to approve an $8.5 million bond for a new police station and to partially fund the building of a local YMCA.

But with only a 19-vote gap, it's too close to call.

Residents cast 984 ballots against the measure, which would have raised their property taxes, and 965 were in favor of it.

El Mirage officials, lead by Mayor Lana Mook, pushed hard for its approval.
Mook formed a political action committee in favor of the bond and established a pro-bond website, but they didn't bother to include any contact information on it or identify who was behind it. It wasn't until recently that her group finally copped to being behind the website.

Her group put up "vote yes" signs on the property of an El Mirage gas station owner who opposed the measure, and then sent cops to his business several times after he took them down.

County election officials say that results are still unofficial, so it appears that El Mirage voters who oppose the bond will have to wait a while before declaring victory.

Next door, in Surprise, voters decided to oust Mayor Lynn Truitt, giving the city's top job instead to Sharon Wolcott, a former councilwoman who represented District 1.

Although they gave up one incumbent on Tuesday, voters kept councilmen Richard Alton and John Williams, according to unofficial results from the Maricopa County Elections Department.

Wolcott snagged the mayor's job with 10,802 votes, or nearly 56 percent of the vote.

Voters favored Alton with 2,408 votes, about 52 percent of the vote, and Williams with a commanding lead over his opponent, won the election with 3,456 votes, more than 58 percent of the ballots cast.
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ConcernedForElMirage
ConcernedForElMirage

Now that makes sense that Mook and Carnell were the ones behind the website.  I figured it had to be someone of limited intelligence when I saw the "Survey results" section.  They claimed that 111% of the vthose in the survey approved the bond.  First, even if every one who responded approved you could only have 100% approval, never 111%!!!  Second, and even more moronic, they claim that 52 respondents approved and only 30 opposed it (which they claimed was 0%), but then state the total voters involved was 47. ???  They either showed their own lack of intelligence or their lack of respect for the citizens of El Mirage to try to pull off such a thing.  Either they were stupid or intentionally misleading, either way is a disgrace since one of them is the Mayor. El Mirage deserves better. And why did they wait until the last day of the campaigning to finally identify who the website was paid for by?!?!  I hope either the County Attorney or Attorney general's office looks into these people.  That they (the Mayor) would so blatantly violate the election laws is astounding.  Also, is someone going to look into the Mayor using city resources to campaign in favor of the bond?  She regularly used the city newspaper to promote the bond.  Her pieces were not just informational, they were designed to influence the outcome of the election, which violates the state statute. Mayor Mook, too bad there will not be a new police station to hold you as your first stop downtown for violating state laws.

urallcrazy
urallcrazy

NO, NO, NO MONICA, YOU'VE GOT IT WRONG....THE SIGNS WERE NOT ON JOE DAVIDS PROPERTY...HE WAS FORCED TO REMOVE THE SIGNS FROM HIS DUMPSTER, CLEAN THEM UP AND THEY WERE PUT BACK RIGHT WHERE THEY ORIGINATED WHICH WAS NOT ON JOE DAVIDS PROPERTY( PER THE POLICE AND CODE ENFORECEMENT.)  YOU MUST STOP BELIEVING THESE PEOPLE AND GET THE FACTS!!!!!!!!!!!!  IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AS A REPORTER TO REPORT THE TRUTH!!!!!!!

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