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A look back at this week in Surprise history

Posted 8/24/22

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week.

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A look back at this week in Surprise history

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Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week, compiled from archives of Independent Newsmedia, Newspapers.com and the city of Surprise historical records:

1983

Surprise is now 4.5 square miles but has room to grow 29 square miles within land it had strip annexed.

1990

Surprise residents William and Marge Stillings file a complaint accusing notary Irene Allen of illegally notarizing signatures on a recall petition against Councilman Leroy George.

2000

Cox Communication begins offering digital cable services to residents in Surprise.

2011

Surprise primary election results force a run-off in November between Mayor Lyn Truitt and Councilwoman Sharon Wolcott. Ms. Wolcott ultimately wins the race in the general election.

2013

Roland Winters is elected to the Surprise City Council for the first time with 58% of the vote in a battle with Ted Cimino.

2016

Sharon Wolcott wins another term as mayor after running unopposed in the city’s primary election. Jim Hayden, John Williams and Ken Remley also secure spots on the City Council.

2018

Nancy Hayden, Patrick Duffy, Skip Hall and Chris Judd win seats on the Surprise City Council in the primary election. Jim Cunningham gets the most votes in District 1 but not enough to stop a run-off with Roland Winters in November.

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