Nora Ellen, the only woman in the Chandler City Council race, and a first-time candidate — was the top vote getter in a tight race between five of seven vying for three council seats in Tuesday’s primary election after 100 percent of the precincts (43) reported unofficial results.
Ellen received 10,277 votes or 20 percent of the votes, making her the only candidate who garnered at least half of the 18,781 votes plus one that Mayor Jay Tibshraeny received that allows a council candidate to win one of the seats.
Incumbents Jack Sellers and Rick Heumann and second-time candidates Scott Taylor and Terry Roe are headed for a run-off in the November general election since none of them received the majority of the mayor’s votes plus one.
Tibshraeny, who was running unopposed, was elected to his sixth term.
Sellers finished second in the council race with 9,154 votes (17.7 percent), according to the unofficial results that came in about 10:45 p.m.
Heumann received the third most votes, so far, narrowly edging Scott Taylor by 9,078 votes to 8,874.
Taylor, who lost in the 2010 Chandler City Council elections, is vying for a council seat for the second time.
Ellen, a realtor who has lived in Chandler for 10 years and whose son is State Rep. J.D. Mesnard, told the Tribune late Tuesday that she was grateful and honored and thankful for the support she has had.
“I campaigned very hard,” Ellen said. “I was hoping that the outcome would be like this. I am grateful and honored for the city electing me and trusting me on council.”
Ellen said she believed the No. 1 issue facing the city is the economy and that it must be accountable and conservative with its spending.
Ellen, who also was supported by the National Association of Realtors and had about 50 volunteers helping her on her campaign, also said that the city needs someone who can handle long-term development in the city and understand buildout. Chandler is projected to be in buildout in less than 10 years, Ellen said.
“We have to elect the right people who can understand buildout and deal with the growth longterm,” Ellen said. “I have been active in Chandler and have a diverse background, and I think that will help me be a strong member of the council.”
In order to win a council seat, the top three vote getters must receive the majority of the votes, or half plus one of the votes.
Roe, a retired law enforcement officer, finished fifth in the council race with 6,522 votes; Sam Huang was sixth with 5,049 votes and business owner John Sibley Wolfe was seventh with 2,639 votes.
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