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Posted: Tuesday, May 18, 2004 11:37 pm | Updated: 5:55 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

A political newcomer and a longtime resident will fill out the Paradise Valley Town Council.

Three-term planning commissioner Scott LeMarr was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s runoff with 1,339 votes, or 28 percent.

Mary Hamway garnered 1,268 votes, or 26 percent. They were two of four candidates vying for two seats on the Town Council.

Incumbent Stephen Benson and neighborhood activist Liz Clendenin received 1,224 votes (25 percent) and 1,004 votes (21 percent), respectively.

"I was surprised I had to go to a runoff to win with all of my community service," said LeMarr, 52, owner of Palo Cristi Stone Co. in Scottsdale. "I knew my volunteer service would pay off and it did."

Hamway, 49, a corporate consultant, declined to comment on the election until the numbers were finalized.

Incumbents Ed Winkler and Vice Mayor Dan Schweiker secured seats on the council by winning more than 50 percent of the votes cast in the March 9 primary election.

Paul Streich, who garnered the least amount of votes in March, did not advance to the runoff because there cannot be an odd number of candidates on the ballot.

Once the new council members take office in June, they will elect a mayor and vice mayor. Mayor Ed Lowry did not seek an additional term. LeMarr, Hamway, Winkler and Schweiker will join council members Rick Coffman, Virginia Simpson and Ron Clarke.

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