Gary Rucker has bowed out of the Kingman City Council race. Rucker formally withdrew on Friday, October 24, nine days after early voting was underway.
Kingman City clerk Sydney Muhle said Rucker exited the race through an affidavit filed with the Mohave County Elections office.
“It just says it’s a statement of withdrawal,” Muhle said of the affidavit. “It says I, Gary Rucker, hereby withdraw as a candidate for the office of Kingman city council for the 2016 election.”
Rucker’s departure leaves just two candidates seeking two remaining city council seats. The seats are essentially won by Jamie Scott-Stehly and David Wayt.
Rucker will still draw an undetermined number of votes because his name cannot be removed from pre-printed ballots and because some early voters marked ballots for him before he withdrew from the race. Others might vote for Rucker even though they know he pulled the plug on his campaign.
“We’re going to be posting at the polling locations a notice of (Rucker’s) withdrawal,” said county elections director Allen Tempert. He said votes for Rucker will nonetheless be processed, tallied and posted, but that they will essentially be invalid and ignored.
Scott-Stehly and Wayt, along with Travis Lingenfelter, who won in the August primary election, will assume the council seats currently held by Carole Young, Larry Carver and Kenneth Dean. The November 8 general election will still determine whether incumbent Dick Anderson or former mayor Monica Gates is elected as mayor of the city of Kingman.