Wootton retains council seat; streets proposal fails


By Traci Chapman
Managing Editor

A city council incumbent has retained his seat, while a $37.5 million streets issue that relied on a property tax increased was easily defeated by voters in a Valentine’s Day election.

Incumbent Jeff Wootton held off challenges by former councilman Rick Cacini and law enforcement professional Tim Peters to retain his seat on Yukon City Council. Wootton captured 1,418 of the total 2,679 votes cast – 52.93% – which means he wins the election outright without the need for a run-off.

Cacini received 659 votes, while 602 people cast ballots for Peters.

Voters also roundly dismissed a $37.5 million city road improvement proposal, with 1,766 of them – 63.05% – voting against the proposition; 1,035, or 36.95%, cast ballots in favor of the measure.

All results are preliminary until Friday, when they will be certified by the Canadian County Election Board.

See Saturday’s Yukon Progress for full details on both the Yukon City Council race and streets measure.