Incumbent TJ Thomson tallied 47% of the votes for seat 4 in his four-way race while Lisa Sanchez surprised the GUARDIAN with 44% in a five-way race for seat 2. While some might call their respective victories “landslides,” both Sanchez and Thomson failed to get a majority of support from voters.
In fact, when viewed through the lens of the “big picture,” neither Sanchez nor Thomson got the support of even 10% of the registered voters.
With all of the 88 precincts reporting, the turnout was a mere 20% of registered voters.
After a similar series of crowded races some 15 years ago, City Councilors passed an ordinance requiring a runoff election between the top two vote-getters if a majority of votes cast were not obtained by one candidate.
Former Councilor Dave Eberle won a race against Paula Forney in the only runoff election and Eberle promptly introduced an ordinance to repeal the majority rule. That ordinance was passed, bringing us back to “minority rule” with 8% being considered a landslide.
You can see election details HERE.
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