(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
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
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.
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
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