Mayor Wally Nichols celebrated with 85 friends and family members at his home Tuesday night — the unofficial and unopposed winner of the Fountain Hills mayoral race.
Of five candidates vying for three open Town Council seats, Jay Schlum alone garnered 70 percent of the total ballots cast, securing one of the open positions Tuesday night.
Phil Gaziano, Ed Kehe, Keith McMahan and John Turner move forward to a run-off election May 18.
Nichols received 98 percent of 2,400 votes cast for mayor, according to unofficial results of the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office and Town Clerk Beverly Bender. There were five votes cast for write-in candidates.
There were 397 people who voted for council candidates but did not vote for mayor, Bender said.
Nichols, 64, was unopposed for the two-year term. He defeated Mayor Jon Beydler in May 2003 in a recall election.
Schlum, the youngest council candidate at 39, received 1,993 of 2,848 ballots turned in. He needed 1,425 votes to win a seat. Gaziano had 1,341 of the ballots cast; Kehe had 1,391; McMahan had 1,342; and Turner had 1,396.