3/14/2013 3:45:00 PM ELECTION RESULTS: Grossman, Zurcher to face off in Prescott Valley runoff
Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog, center, celebrates with supporters after Tuesday nightï¿½s election. Skoog won reelection with 70 percent of the vote.
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier/Courtesy Photo
Ken Hedler Special to the Tribune
Retired New York City letter carrier Marty Grossman and wireless company manager Matt Zurcher will face each other in a May 21 runoff because neither of them received a majority of the vote in Tuesday's primary election for a two-year seat on the Town Council.
Grossman received the most votes at 2,515 (35.5 percent) and Zurcher followed at 1,830 votes (25.8 percent), with Craig Arps trailing at 1,778 votes (25.1 percent), according to a news release that Deputy Town Manager Ryan Judy issued Wednesday afternoon.
"I'm a little disappointed, but I am looking forward to the runoff," Grossman said Wednesday evening. "I'm encouraged that I got the most votes. We'll see what happens."
Grossman moved to Prescott Valley in 2009 from Queens after retiring. He is past president of the Prescott Valley Police Foundation, tool manager for the construction crew at Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, and an organizer for the March of Dimes March for Babies.
Zurcher said he is looking forward to the runoff with Grossman.
"This is exciting. This is the first time in over 10 years that the town has had a runoff."
Zurcher chairs the Government Affairs Committee of the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce, and previously worked as an aide to former Republican Congressman Rick Renzi as well as a GOP member of Congress in California.
The unofficial results show a voter turnout of 34.2 percent, with 7,087 votes cast of the 20,721 registered voters participating. The election results will not become official until the council conducts a canvass at the March 28 meeting, Town Clerk Diane Russell said.
The unofficial results also show Mayor Harvey Skoog prevailing in his bid for his third four-year term with 4,882 votes (70 percent), while challenger Louie Lizza won 2,072 votes.
The results also show appointee Michael Whiting holding onto his seat for four years with 4,758 votes (67 percent) and Afghanistan War veteran Stephen Marshall winning the second seat with 4,299 votes (61 percent). Douglass Bebb followed with 1,727 votes (24 percent).
Voters also approved "home rule," which gives town staff flexibility in budgeting for the next four fiscal years, with 4,992 "yes" votes (78 percent) for Proposition 422 and 1,432 "no" votes.
Voters also adopted the General Plan 2025 update but by a smaller margin with 3,476 yes voters (56 percent) and 2,759 no votes.