By Bette and Ed Sharpe
Special to Independent Newsmedia
There will no new names or faces on Glendale’s City Council. All three Glendale City Council members seeking re-election, Bart Turner of the Barrel District, Jamie Aldama of the Ocotillo District and Lauren Tolmachoff of the Cholla District were elected for a second four-year term in Tuesday’s primary election.
Mr. Turner defeated challenger Ray Strahl and Mr. Aldama defeated Emmanuel Allen. Each winner received 62 percent of the vote. Ms. Tolmachoff, currently acting as vice mayor, ran unopposed and received 99 percent of the vote.
“I’m very pleased the voters in my district recognize all the progress we have made over the last four years and have given me another four years to work on their behalf,” Mr. Turner said. “I’m even more pleased that residents from all across Glendale recognized that Mayor (Jerry) Weiers recruiting candidates to run against Council Member Aldama and me was an effort to gain control over their City Council and rejected his candidates by two-to-one margins. Now it is time to roll up our sleeves and get back to work for all of Glendale.”
Mr. Aldama, speaking before all the votes were tallied, thanked the voters but did not want to claim victory yet.
“I’m very excited to have such a significant lead and while the final count isn’t complete, I’m respectful of the process and will remain patient for the final results. I am grateful to my community,” he said.
Mr. Aldama said the year leading up to election night Tuesday took “a lot of hard work, but that is what this community deserves.”
Had any race not seen a candidate receive at least 51 percent of the vote, the top two candidates would have advanced to the general election Tuesday, Nov. 6. Such a step was unlikely in an election with no races with more than two candidates on the ballot.
Mr. Strahl is a retired banker and insurance worker and a U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam. Mr. Allen is the pastor of Breakthrough Life Church and runs a nonprofit with his wife, Belinda, called R.O.O.T.S. that the city selected to provide after-school programming at two of its recreation centers. Mr. Allen also sits on Glendale Human Relations Commission.
Mr. Turner, Mr. Aldama and Ms. Tolmachoff were each first elected to City Council in 2014.
(Updated to show final counts)
Barrel District. 5,245 votes
Bart Turner. 3,240 votes (61.8 percent)
Ray Strahl. 1,982 votes (37.8 percent)
Write-in candidate(s). 23 votes (0.4 percent)
Ocotillo District. 2,059 votes
Jamie Aldama. 1,282 votes (62.3 percent)
Emmanuel Allen. 772 votes (37.5 percent)
Write-in candidate(s). 5 votes (0.2 percent)
Cholla District. 7,112 votes
Lauren Tolmachoff. 7,059 (99.25 percent)
Write-in candidate(s). 53 votes (0.75 percent)