Three candidates elected to City Council

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Three candidates elected to City Council

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YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – Your vote is your voice, and on Tuesday Yuma residents elected three new City Council members to lead the City in a new direction.

Three council seats were up for grabs in Tuesday's general election.

Retired business owner Gary Knight received the most votes at 52 percent.

Business banker William Craft earned 46 percent.

And retired teacher and licensed real estate agent Gary Wright received 43 percent.

That means Wright etched out 12-year incumbent Paul Johnson for the third and final spot.

Johnson received 42 percent of the vote, followed by Jacob Miller, Daniel Sanchez and write-in candidate Jack Kretzer.

That means voters elected three new comers with business backgrounds.

All three candidates campaigned on the promise of bringing jobs to Yuma.

We spoke to retired business owner Gary Knight about what direction the public wants the council to take.

"I think it says they want someone with a little business experience," Knight said. "I think it says that we need to take a look at ordinances and charges and fees, and see if we can make this City more business-friendly."

Business banker William Craft finished behind Knight in the unofficial polls, jumping from fourth in the primary elections to second overall.

Craft says he is ready to help the council become more business savvy.

"We need someone who knows how to work the budget," Craft said. "We need someone to put some business intelligence into what we need to do.

Coming in at third in the final unofficial polls was licensed real estate agent Gary Wright.

Wright says he believes the public expects the City Council to turn the City's economic problems around.

"They expect a change in the City of Yuma," Wright said. "We need to be more prosperous, Yuma has so much potential. And they're tired of complacency and they're looking for a new council with a different economic message."

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