Results from the March 10 city election were scheduled to be approved by the Douglas City Council at a special meeting that was scheduled for Monday, March 16.
As members of the community were showing up to City Hall for the meeting, an officer with the Douglas Police Department was outside the council chamber with a printed notice that read, “Due to changes in social distancing guidelines issued by President Trump, the public will not be allowed to convene in the council chamber. The special meeting will be accessible to view on (the) YouTube channel City of Douglas,AZ, To request to speak during the call to the public, please email the city clerk at email@example.com and call (520) 417-7720. We apologize for any inconvenience. The health and safety of our citizens is our top priority.”
Donald Huish and Margaret Morales were at this meeting because they are members of the council. Roberto Moreno, Danya Acosta and Michael Baldenegro were not because of the 10-person limit.
The mayor and council did pass a resolution officially adopting the election results which were as follows, in the race for mayor, Huish 1,159 votes, 43.85 percent; Moreno, 758 votes, 28.68 percent; Robert Uribe, 489 votes, 18.50 percent, and David Studer, 229 votes, 8.66 percent.
City Clerk Alma Andrade is reporting voter turnout for this election was 35.44 percent.
In Ward 1, incumbent Morales defeated Mario A. Ramos, 225-191; Ward 3, Acosta had 284 votes to Ben LaForge’s 216, and in Ward 5, Baldenegro beat the incumbent Cesar Soto, 212-121.
Huish and Moreno will have a runoff election Tuesday, May 19. The winner of that race will be sworn in as mayor, along with the three council seat winners, at the June meeting.
All four seats are four-year terms.