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Yuma, Prescott hold mayoral primaries today

Yuma and Prescott will hold mayoral primary elections today while several cities around Arizona decide on council members.

Five candidates are running for mayor of Yuma, including incumbent Larry Nelson, who said he’s seeking a third and final term. The other candidates are retired fire chief Elgin Everly, former Yuma City Councilman Alan Krieger, political activist Jack Kretzer and businessman Ken Spencer Jr.

Judge Doug Stanley is running unopposed for municipal judge in Yuma.

In Prescott, Mayor Jack Wilson is running for a second term after his narrow win in 2007 over three-term incumbent Rowle Simmons.

Wilson is facing two challengers – businessman Marlin Kuykendall and retired consultant Glenn Gooding.

In Phoenix, voters in Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 will elect City Council members. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for an office, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will participate in a runoff election on Nov. 3.

In addition to their mayoral primaries, Yuma and Prescott residents vote for three City Council seats, while Yuma also decides on a municipal judge.

Tucson is holding a primary election for three council seats. Voters in November will decide where the city should have minimum staffing levels for police and fire protection.

Dubbed the Public Safety First Initiative, the measure would require 2.4 police officers per 1,000 residents and mandate that Tucson Fire Department response times not exceed the 2004 standards set by the National Fire Protection Association.

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