Sat, March 28

Recount confirms Rob Adams is new Sedona mayor

Sedona's mayoral election has been re-counted. The Yavapai County Elections Department ran the ballots through their machines a second time Thursday morning. The recount shows that Rob Adams still has more votes than "Pud" Colquitt.

The recount was ordered by Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert Brutinel when the May 20 election results gave Councilman Robert "Rob" Adams a narrow two-vote margin over Mayor Ruth "Pud" Colquitt.

According to State Statute, an election is automatically recounted whenever the margin is less than: 1)"one-tenth of one per cent of the number of votes cast for both such candidates" or 2) "ten votes in the case of an office to be filled by the electors of a city or town."

The election began with a seesaw margin spread. Colquitt was in the lead after the initial count Tuesday night. Over 100 ballots remained that were "questioned" or delivered in time but still not counted.

The results shifted Wednesday afternoon, the day after the election, when the "unofficial final results" showed a two-vote spread between the pair. Now Adams led Colquitt. The vote count rested with Adams 1969 votes and Colquitt 1967 votes.

After the recount this week, Adams had extended his lead, by two more votes. This time Adams garnered 1970 votes and Colquitt 1966 votes.

Elections Director Lynn Constabile explains that all elections have "a margin of error" that is established by the Arizona Secretary of State.

"I doubled my lead, Adams joked. "It was a concern to me that I would lose one vote and it would be a tie."

"Some folks have said this shows divisiveness in Sedona. I do not see that at all. I believe that if the government is fiscally responsible and creates a sense of community, it doesn't matter if it is Pud or me or anyone else. I just believe that the government can be more responsive to the citizens."

The election results are returned to Superior Court that is expected to declare Adams the winner. He will be sworn in Monday and take the gavel at the council meeting Tuesday.

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