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Wheatley, Oliphant, Alston elected to Q.C. council

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Posted: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 8:57 pm

Queen Creek voters chose three Town Council candidates new to politics, electing Julia Wheatley, Dawn Oliphant and John Alston according to unofficial results from the Maricopa County Recorders Office.

The six-way race wound up being primarily between four candidates, as the top three vote-getters had similar vote totals to the next most successful person, Christopher Clark.

Wheatley had the most votes with 23.2 percent (1,817 votes). Oliphant was second with 19.4 percent (1,518) and Alston third with 18.7 percent (1,463). Clark was close behind at 17.4 percent (1,367).

The campaign didn't feature any burning controversies or rivalries between the office-seekers.

Wheatley, a stay-at-home mom, said municipal spending was a top issue for voters she spoke with.

"The biggest thing overall, over and over, was just being fiscally conservative and fiscally responsible, and that's what really resonated with them and what's what most of the voters were looking for," Wheatley said.

Oliphant was second - a big improvement from coming in fourth during the primary election.

"I knew I'd have my work cut out for me so I wanted to shoot for Number One," Oliphant said.

She touted her government experience, as she's a longtime city of Tempe employee. She will leave that job June 2, the same day council members will be sworn in.

Alston said voters told him they wanted the town to scale back spending like many of them have had to do. The attorney said Queen Creek voters believe the town has been fiscally conservative but still could find savings.

"I think they want to see us tighten our belts and to continue to be careful with our money," Alston said.

The winners will replace Joyce Hildebrandt, Gordon Mortensen and Jon Wootten, who didn't run for re-election. They'll join Gail Barney, who was elected mayor in an uncontested March election. He replaces Mayor Art Sanders, who also didn't seek re-election.

Queen Creek Town Council

Number of votes, percentage of votes

Julia Wheatley 1,817  23.16%

Dawn Oliphant 1,518  19.35%

John Alston 1,463  18.65%

Christopher Clark 1,367  17.43%

Toni Valenzuela 848  10.81%

Daniel Hall 792  10.1%

Source: Unofficial results from Maricopa County Recorder. Includes early votes and 100 percent of precincts.

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