With the unofficial election results flowing in for the Town of Marana's all-mail election.
With all six precincts reporting, incumbent Herb Kai leads the candidates with 3,722 votes, followed by Jon Post with 3,679, Carol McGorrary with 3,313 and Patti Comerford with 3,189 votes.
The four incumbents defeated first-time challengers David Morales and Kent Crotts.
Besides voting for council members, Marana residents also helped to decide an ongoing dispute with Pima County over wastewater rights.
The first question on the ballot asked, "Shall the Town of Marana be authorized to acquire and operate the Marana Wastewater Reclamation Facility (located in the southeast quarter of Section 14, Township 11 South, Range 10 East, G&SRB&M) and the wastewater facilities, setback areas, access rights, and current and future sewage conveyance system and service area connected to or association with it?"
The measure passed by a wide margin with 4,132 votes saying yes, which will now allow the Town of Marana to legally acquire and operate the Marana Wastewater Reclamation facility.
Voters also approved the second question by a margin of 4,063 to 1,458.
The second question asked voters to allow the town to acquire and operate the Rillito Vista Wastewater Reclamation Facility (location southeast of the I-10/Tangerine Road interchange in the east half of Section 6, Township 12 South, Range 12 East, G&SRB&M) and the wastewater facilities, setback areas, access rights, and current and future sewage conveyance system and service area connected to or associated with it.
With voter approval, town officials can now move forward with negotiations with Pima County to purchase and take over their own wastewater facilities.