A recount of March 10 primary election votes for Marana Town Council candidates shows Bret Summers still trailing Larry Steckler by one vote, leaving Summers off the May general election ballot.
The council last week petitioned Pima County Superior Court for a recount to determine whether Summers would move on to the May general election. A tie would have given both candidates a place on the May ballot.
Marana Town Code requires a recount when “the margin between the successful candidate receiving the least number of votes and the unsuccessful candidate receiving the greatest number of votes for council … does not exceed five votes.”
Steckler and Summers received 1,186 and 1,185 votes, respectively.
At its March 17 meeting, council adopted the results of the primary election, making it official that incumbent council members Herb Kai (2,058) and Patti Comerford (1,666) — who both received votes on more than a majority of all ballots cast — won two of the four open spots.
Moving on to the general election are challenger Kelle Maslyn (1,578), incumbent Carol McGorray (1,562), incumbent Jon Post (1,373) and challenger Steckler (1,186).
Recount numbers won’t be official until they go through the courts, but Town Clerk Jocelyn Bronson said candidates are probably safe using them to decide whether or not to keep campaigning.
Proofs for sample ballots are due Tuesday, March 24, Bronson said.
When asked before the recount what he would do in the event he didn’t make the cut for the general election, Summers said he would move forward and continue to be a community advocate.
Also during the March 17 meeting, councilman Jon Post raised a question about the efficiency of the voting system in Marana. He mentioned that sometimes people who live very close to one polling place must travel a significant distance to another one.
Town Manager Gilbert Davidson said this issue and others regarding elections deserve attention from the town.
“We want to have Marana more involved in where the polling places are,” he said.
Davidson also noted that policies and practices regarding candidate signs should be streamlined so candidates don’t put their signs up in one place, only to have them taken down.
After the May election, Davidson suggested holding a study session regarding elections.