Mar 152013

By Francie Payne
The unofficial results are in for the Holbrook, Snowflake and Taylor primary elections held Tuesday.
There was little doubt as to the outcome in Holbrook’s election, as only the three sitting councilmen ran for the three open seats. Myron Maxwell garnered 191 votes; Wade Carlisle, 187; and Richard Peterson, 185. A total of 240 ballots were cast, and 41 of those remained to be verified as of press time.
In Snowflake, the race for four, four-year seats drew candidates. Lynn Johnson led the pack with 345 votes, followed by Councilman Kerry Ballard with 301; Councilman Tom Poscharsky, 245; Roger Morgan, 246; Councilman Stuart Hensley, 233; Jeff Brimhall, 204; and Joseph Holland, 183. Vice Mayor Jason Whiting was the only candidate for a two-year term, and thus he was declared the winner and his name did not appear on the ballot. A total of 611 ballots were cast and 60 remain to be verified. Johnson and Ballard collected enough votes to be declared winners outright. If two more candidates reach the magic number of 50 percent of the votes plus one, a runoff will be avoided. Otherwise, the general election will be held May 21.
Eight candidates were vying for four, four-year seats on the Taylor Town Council. Jason Brubaker was the top vote-getter with 326; followed by Carl Cosper and Dave Smith, 303 each; Lynn DeWitt, 243; Councilman Alan Ramage, 217; Erin Amos, 205; Vice Mayor Jane Lee, 203; and Ron Bish, 122. With 570 votes cast, including 44 remaining to be verified, it appears that Brubaker, Cosper and Smith were elected outright, but a May 21 runoff may be needed to determine the winner of the fourth seat.