Mesa News Today – Week of Sept. 5

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Mesa Primary Election Results

Here are the results of Mesa’s Primary Election held Aug. 30. The mayor and two council members were elected for terms starting January 2017. Because no candidate in District 2 received a majority of the votes, Jeremy Whittaker and Shelly Allen will have a runoff in the Nov. 8 general election.

In accordance with the Mesa City Charter, if a candidate for the office of Mayor or a candidate for District Council Member receives at the Primary Election the number of votes constituting a majority of all of the valid ballots cast for that office, that candidate will be declared elected without running at the General Election. If no candidate receives a majority, the two (2) persons receiving the highest number of valid votes cast for that office shall be named on the ballot at the general election.

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Mesa Mayor

Mayor John Giles, who ran unopposed, was elected mayor. Congratulations!

From his Facebook page:

“Thank you for electing me tonight to be the Mayor of Mesa for the next four years. I love being the mayor of my hometown. I take this job very personally. I’m proud of Mesa. It’s great. We have challenges, but I’m confident that Mesa’s best days are ahead of us. I promise you that I’ll give this job everything that I’ve got, and I’ll love every minute of it.”

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City Council District 1

Mark Freeman won the seat vacated by Councilman Dave Richins with 56 percent of the votes. Congratulations, Mark!


From his Facebook page:

“Dear supporters, friends and family:
We are truly amazed and humbled by the support given to us from all of our friends and family. In retrospect, it’s been a long 15 months of campaigning. We are thankful for the help given to us during the campaign, for those who donated their time and contributions towards the election process. A lot of you worked hard behind the scenes, and we are grateful to you.
With your trust in electing me, I will work hard for you and the City of Mesa, to make it a better place for each one of us, as we elevate Mesa’s future.”

District 2

Jeremy Whittaker (44 percent of votes) and Shelly Allen (31 percent) are headed to a runoff election Nov. 8. One of them will be replacing Councilman Alex Finter.

From Jeremy’s Facebook page:

“The real work starts tomorrow. I am truly humbled by the support I have received from the community. Now we prepare for the general election.”

From Shelly’s Facebook page:

“I’m so grateful to Mesa, Arizona Voters for your support! Thanks to you I have made in onto the General Election, November 8.”

District 3

Ryan Winkle won the seat vacated by Vice Mayor Dennis Cavanaugh with 54 percent of the votes. Congrats, Ryan!

Ryan Winkle

From his Facebook page:

“Hello Mesa! The incoming calls have slowed down and I finally got some sleep. Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers and contributors that helped my campaign for Mesa City Council District 3 a successful one. We knocked on the doors of close to 9000 voters. I can officially retire two pairs of shoes. We won! We did it with people power. There are many, many people to thank and i will be doing that over the next few weeks starting with my wife Ericka Varela-Winkle who was with me every step of the way, my mother Barbara Rae who I consulted almost daily, Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh who was always there with advice and support, and Alison Porter who gave me countless hours of time and knowledge. I will be reaching out personally to all who helped me. Over the next few months I will also be preparing and learning as much as I can before my official swearing in so that I can hit the ground running. Now, let’s get to work!”


Mesa News Today – Week of Aug. 29

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