Our View: Few surprises, but very informed votes in primary election

August 31, 2018

A bookmaker wouldn’t have gone broke betting on this week’s local, county and statewide elections. The longshots didn’t break through at the end. Cinderella stories were in short supply.

The lack of surprising results is in itself surprising, given the political passions of the time. Instead of wackiness, the electorate solidly backed good track records that suggested more “stay the course” rather than “tear it down and start over.”

Lake Havasu City appears, pending the vote canvass, to have seated a mayor and three councilmembers without any need to go to the general election. Mayor-elect Cal Sheehy has been on City Council for a while, as have re-elected incumbents Jeni Coke and Michele Lin. Political newcomer Jim Dolan won election based largely around praising the work of city government and hoping to make it better.

City voters overwhelmingly passed Prop. 409, which allows city government to actually spend the money it collects.

A more irascible electorate might have turned out the incumbents and voted down Prop. 409, just because.

The votes suggest moving forward, but they also reflect an enlightened electorate. Voters for Mohave County Supervisor in the north part of Lake Havasu City and beyond threw out appointed incumbent Lois Wakimoto, thereby enforcing her promise made when she was appointed that she wouldn’t run for the office. Political veteran Ron Gould brings staunch conservatism to the board. No general election vote is required.

Likewise, voters took away state Rep. Paul Moseley’s legislative immunity card by narrowly voting him of office after a single term. He still received a larger number of votes than expected in the wake of his politically fatal choice to brag in a law enforcement video that he drives up to 140 mph.

It was disappointing that Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City didn’t fare better in her quest to replace U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake. She was trounced by Rep. Martha McSally, which was unfortunate but also predicted by polling. A better showing could’ve made Ward part of the conversation about potential replacements for the late Sen. John McCain.

In all, the primary votes came across as very smart and informed.

Rather than tired complacency, the votes to stay the course put the winners on extra notice that voters expect good things and won’t hesitate to replace them if they make it go south.

— Today’s News-Herald

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