Most of the ballots have been counted in Tuesday Night’s (Nov. 5) City of Yuma General Election, where six candidates were vying for three open seats on the City Council.
Incumbent Mike Shelton, former longtime Councilwoman Ema Lea Shoop and construction company owner Chris Morris lead the field. But an estimated 900 to 1,000 “late early” and provisional ballots remain to be counted.
Shelton picked up 3,407 votes, 48% of the total cast. And with it very unlikely that he could fall out of the top three positions when all the votes are counted, he declared victory Tuesday night.
Shoop was second with 3,088 votes, or 44%. She was followed by Morris with 3,006 votes, 42% of the total cast.
Morris leads Robert Scarborough by 191 votes. The business owner picked up 2,815 votes, 40% of the number cast.
Following Scarborough was two-term incumbent Edward Thomas with 2,662 votes, 38% of the votes cast and 334 votes out of third place.
Jason Bradley followed with two thousand 2,531 or 36%.
Under state law on the counting of “late early,” and especially provisional ballots, it could take until Friday for the final unofficial tally to be complete.