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Feldman-Kerr wins Queen Creek race

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Posted: Friday, March 12, 2004 9:32 am | Updated: 4:38 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Mayor Wendy Feldman-Kerr has defeated challenger Kevin Petersen to retain Queen Creek’s top elected position, based on official primary election results released Thursday.

Vice Mayor Lisa Coletto-Cohen, Town Councilman Gail Barney and Toni Valenzuela won council seats, beating incumbent David Dobbs and challenger Mark Belnap.

All winners received enough support to avoid a runoff, each getting at least 768 votes from the 1,534 ballots tabulated.

Although most candidates could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon, Coletto-Cohen said she was glad to have her victory confirmed after the two-day wait.

"I’m just so happy that this thing is done with," she said.

Maricopa County election officials worked for two days to verify and tabulate 271 early and provisional ballots.

Only Barney had received enough votes to be declared a winner Tuesday night with near certainty.

Of the 271 ballots, only 241 were validated and counted, county election officials said.

The uncounted ballots included those delivered after Friday by hand or mail and "provisional" ballots cast by voters whose eligibil ity was in question.

The results followed heated campaign in which Petersen, Belnap and Valen zuela all openly questioned the effectiveness of the council.

Coletto-Cohen said she believes Valenzuela, a 10-year veteran councilwoman, will work with her new colleagues now that the race is over.

"Toni’s been on there before, and it’s my sincere hope that we’re all going to put aside our differences and do what’s best for Queen Creek," she said.

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