The ballots have been counted and counted again, now the results of the Oro Valley primary election are official.

The town council plans to vote Wednesday on the Pima County Elections Department primary election canvass, giving the March 9 election results final approval.

With the mayor's seat and three council positions up for grabs, both incumbents on the ballot lost in their bids for re-election.

Longtime Mayor Paul Loomis received the fewest votes among three candidates. The top two vote getters names' can appear on the ballot for the general election in May.

Councilman K.C. Carter also lost his bid for re-election, receiving the second fewest votes among a field of seven candidates. Matthew Rabb beat out the incumbent by a mere 20 votes to win the fourth slot on the ballot.

A pair of council seats remains up for grabs, which Rabb, Don Emmons, Joe Hornat and Lou Waters will vie for in the general election. Mary Snider won the third seat outright by garnering votes on 61 percent of ballots cast. Voter turnout was 41 percent.

The Pima County Recorder's Office rejected 11 ballots for lack of a signature or unconfirmed signatures. The elections department may have also rejected ballots but The Explorer was unable to confirm how many.


Election results




Mike Zinkin             4,101             38 percent

Satish Hiremath            3,545             33 percent

Paul Loomis            3,005             28 percent

(Note: The top two vote-getters names' will appear on the May 18 general election ballot.)




Mary Snider             6,683             61 percent

Lou Waters             4,708             43 percent

Joe Hornat             4,096             38 percent

Don Emmons             3,068             28 percent

Matthew Rabb             2,965             27 percent

K.C. Carter             2,945             27 percent

Mark Finchem             2,830             26 percent


(Note: Snider has been elected to the council. The remaining top four vote-getters names' will appear on the May 18 general election ballot.)


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