Apache Junction voters appear to have ousted Councilman R.E. Eck, who faced a recall election after being involved in a road rage incident. Challenger Clark Smithson won about 47 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election, compared with about 28 percent for Eck. Another challenger, Elliott Fisher, got about 23 percent, according to unofficial results from Pinal County elections officials.
Eck was charged with aggravated assault after an October 2009 incident when he ran his truck into a motorcycle. Eck and the motorcycle driver exchanged words and then Eck intentionally rammed his truck into the motorcycle and knocked the other man’s wife off the bike, according to police accounts. Eck’s son, Robert Eck III, was also charged in the incident.
Eck has been on the City Council since 1997 and has served as vice mayor.
Also in the election, voters re-elected John Insalaco in the unopposed mayoral race. In a seven-way race for three council seats, six candidates likely will head into a runoff because no candidate got the 50 percent of the vote required to win outright. Dave Waldron appeared to be eliminated in the race. Incumbents Robin Barker, Jeff Serdy and Chip Wilson are still in the race along with challengers Michelle Johnson, Christa Rizzi and Jeff Struble.
Also, about 70 percent of voter approved the city’s general plan that will guide the city’s growth.