Fountain Hills Mayor Wally Nichols was elected to a third term Tuesday night. The popular mayor will be joined by incumbent Mike Archambault along with political newcomers Ginny Dickey and Henry Leger, according to unofficial election results.
This was the 66-year-old mayor’s second time running unopposed. He is the only mayor in town history to be elected to three terms and to run unchallenged twice.
“I definitely want to try and continue the kind of administration that I have had, which is being responsive to the people,” Nichols said.
“The three people that have been elected — I think they will fit into the council well.”
The two new candidates and the incumbent will take office at a time when the town is expanding.
The incoming Town Council, who will take their seats on June 1, will need to make the final approval on the annexation of two square miles of state trust land this spring. If approved, the land would become part of the town on May 20.
The annexation brings with it other issues, including how to handle the additional homes and traffic associated with the expansion.
Dickey and Leger will fill two vacant council seats. One seat was left empty when Councilman John Kavanagh chose not to run for re-election.
The other has been vacant since the May 2005 death of Councilwoman Kathleen Nicola. Nicola died from injuries suffered during a boating accident at Lake Powell.
This will be Archambault’s second term on the council. He plans on working to create financial stability for the town and working on major street renovations.
“It’s a humbling feeling, knowing that I must be doing something right,” Archambault said.
Dickey, who snared the highest number of council votes, will be serving her first term on the council.
“I’m looking forward to serving the community and working with the council,” she said.
“I’m going to keep listening and learning and doing the things I need to do to do a good job.”