In a close race Tuesday, May 18, Vice-mayor Barbara Brewer edged out candidate Jim Chase to win Payson's mayoral seat. With 100 percent of the votes counted, the unofficial results show Brewer with a win by 297 votes.
"I feel the election went very well. I thank Jim Chase for running a nice, clean campaign. The people of Payson seemed to be happy with us that we maintained a clean and aboveboard campaign.
"I'd like to say thank you to all those who supported me and worked with me throughout my campaign.
Also a special thank you to my staff at Swiss Beauty Connection for being so patient with me during all this.
I'm humbled and excited to begin my new position, providing leadership and working with a great and stimulating council."
Brewer said she knows there are obstacles to overcome.
"There are challenges before all of us as we strive to achieve the goals we have set before us in our corporate strategic plan. I hope to be able to bring everyone together and find common ground. I understand there are differences out there, but I think there are also greater solutions when we work together."
"This is a new beginning," Brewer said.
Candidate Jim Chase could not be reached for comment.
The new council and mayor will be seated Thursday, June 10, 2004.
Unofficial Election Results
Total Ballots Processed: 4149
Barbara Brewer: 2206 (53.6 percent)
Jim Chase: 1909 (46.4 percent)
Payson Election Results by District
Total Ballots Processed: 1467
Barbara Brewer: 776 (53.2 percent)
Jim Chase: 683 (46.8 percent)
Total Ballots Processed: 926
Barbara Brewer: 490 (53.5 percent)
Jim Chase: 426 (46.5 percent)
Total Ballots Processed: 757
Barbara Brewer: 395 (52.5 percent)
Jim Chase: 357 (47.5 percent)
Total Ballots Processed: 999
Barbara Brewer: 545 (55.2 percent)
Jim Chase: 443 (44.8 percent)
In other local election news, unofficial numbers indicate that the school override passed by a large margin. Preliminary figures Tuesday evening indicated 67 percent of votes cast were in favor of the override.
SEE OVERRIDE PASSES