Cal Sheehy defeats Nicole Norona to become Havasu’s next mayor
Cal Sheehy appears to be Lake Havasu City’s next mayor.
Preliminary election results show that Sheehy received a majority of all votes cast in Tuesday’s mayoral election. Sheehy, 38, was elected as a councilman in 2014 with his term set to end this year. Sheehy is also vice president and general manager of the London Bridge Resort.
“I’m excited, I’m grateful for the opportunity and that I’ve earned the trust of the voters of Lake Havasu City and I’m excited to continue to do the good work that we’ve been doing and I’m hopeful that the results are going to continue to pace this way,” Sheehy said.
For a candidate to win in a city election, they need to acquire a majority of all votes cast in that election. That number is determined by formula and, according to calculations based on preliminary numbers, is 4,208.
Sheehy received 5,733 total votes while his opponent, Nicole Norona, received 2,682 total votes.
Sheehy will replace Mayor Mark Nexsen, who served for 12 years in the role. Nexsen said he plans to retire at the conclusion of his current four-year term this November.
“It certainly will be a big change no matter who wins,” said Nexsen Tuesday afternoon. “No matter whether it’s Cal or Nicole, they’re both different people with different ideas and agendas going forward so yes it’s (the dynamic of the City Council) going to change, only time will tell how it will change.”
He went on to say, after 12 years, leaving his seat as mayor is bittersweet.
“While I’m looking forward to retirement, I love this job, I love the challenge, the problem-solving aspect of it, the staff here, at city hall, all of them are excellent,” he said. “Honesty I just enjoy working with the people, that’s why I have coffee with the mayor, I get good ideas from everybody, I’m allowed to give them an update, they can talk to me on an informal basis, so it will certainly be bittersweet.”
Last month, Sheehy and Norona expressed opposing views about how the city should spend its money and how to approach what appears to be an increasing homeless population in Havasu.
Sheehy believed the city should be fiscally conservative and, like Nexsen, said non-profit and faith-based organizations should carry the responsibility of assisting homeless populations. Norona, on the other hand, said the city had a habit of overspending and wanted the city to explore potential options regarding its role in Havasu’s homeless situation.
Norona was not immediately available to comment.