The two incumbents seeking re-election to Sahuarita’s Town Council have retained their seats and will be joined by Dalia Zimmerman. Zimmerman replaces Duane Blumberg, who did not run for another term.
With all votes counted, Mayor Tom Murphy was the top vote-getter with 3,358 votes, followed by incumbent Kara Egbert with 2,726 and Zimmerman with 2,715, according to the Arizona Secretary of State. They were followed by Lora Nastase, Ryan Huber and Mickey Miramontes.
The town will confirm the results of the Aug. 28 primary during Monday's council meeting.
Sahuarita Sun spoke with the winners following the election. All three said they were grateful for the opportunity to serve the community.
Murphy said he was humbled to finish at the top of the standings and believes it’s an indication that voters are happy with the direction of the town. He said he works to be an ambassador for the town both locally and across the state and is excited to continue that work.
“We have an opportunity to help create and shape a town that’s really still in its infancy,” he said. “We have a lot to be proud of, but also a lot still to accomplish.”
He said by improving infrastructure and adding more homes, the town can go from “business friendly” to “ business ready.”
He said he will continue to use his spot on the council to foster connections in the town with events to bring the different communities together.
Egbert said she is excited and happy that she was able to connect with voters, and looks forward to continue working to serve the interests of the people and meeting with more residents at future town events.
She said her priorities will be safety, recreation and economic development as she strives to keep improving Sahuarita, which she said is “a spectacular place to live.”
Zimmerman said she’s excited to fully dive into the responsibilities of being on the council, and is already working to arrange meetings with town staff to get a deeper understanding of the issues the town faces.
She said that, once acclimated, she will focus on encouraging job growth, supporting the police and fire departments, and improving infrastructure. Sahuarita is served by the Green Valley Fire District and Rural/Metro Fire.
She said she will do her best to represent everyone and wants to hear from all viewpoints, “because that’s what makes our town stronger.”
She encouraged everyone to participate in town functions, show up to meetings and continue the energy that was displayed during the election.
All three candidates thanked the others who ran for office, saying it made the town stronger to have more choices and passionate people sharing ideas about how to make things better.
They also each indicated that they understand not everyone voted for them and they won't always be able to make everyone happy, but expressed desire to hear from constituents if they have questions or concerns regarding their positions or votes.
The three will be sworn in Nov. 13. The council members will select a mayor and vice mayor from the council at the first meeting after the general election is canvassed by the county, which should be the Dec. 10 meeting.
Murphy indicated he is interested in continuing serving as mayor if the council wishes for him to stay in the position.
Andrew Paxton 547-9747