Fri, Feb. 28

Bouwman top vote getter in Jerome
Clarkdale-Jerome override approved by landslide

Jerome Council member John "Bob" Bouwman received more votes than any other candidate in the crowded field of eight contestants for Jerome's five open council seats. Bouwman, an incumbent, received 106 votes out of 168 ballots cast.

Mayor Jane Moore came in second with 104 votes.

Bouwman and Moore were the only candidates to be elected outright in the primary held Tuesday.

Final results from the Yavapai County Elections Department show that challenger Gil Robinson and incumbent Jeannie "Jet" Tennant tied with 84 votes each, one vote shy of the 85 needed to win outright in the primary.

Incumbent Elisabeth Rappaport received 77 votes, and challenger Anne Bassett received 60. Challenger Rebekah Kennedy earned 53 votes. Louis Galluzzi, a challenger, received 44 votes, and Pamela Ravenwood still managed 43 votes after withdrawing her name from the election about three weeks ago.

To win a council seat outright in the primary election, candidates must receive 50 percent of votes cast plus one. Bouwman and Moore both received more votes than needed. Robinson and Tennant both came up one vote short.

Now all six remaining candidates, two incumbents and four challengers, will be on the ballot for the general election May 16.

Two questions were on the Jerome ballot for voters to decide. Question 1 was whether the town council, in future elections, should be elected to staggered terms. That question was voted down 86 to 72.

Question 2 was whether the town of Jerome should switch from a council and commissioner form of government to a town manager form. Voters approved that question 92 to 61.

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