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Haney nears District 1 win for Surprise City Council

Fireman/paramedic goes over 50% in 3-way race

Nick Haney appears to have enough votes to win the District 1 seat on the Surprise City Council in the Aug. 2 primary election.
Nick Haney appears to have enough votes to win the District 1 seat on the Surprise City Council in the Aug. 2 primary election.
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It appears there might not be a general election runoff for the Surprise City Council.

In overnight primary election results released Tuesday night, Glendale fireman/paramedic Nick Haney may have earned enough votes to win a seat in District 1 outright.

In unofficial results, Haney has received 2,645 votes or 52% of the three-way vote. All he needs in the final totals is to earn more than 50% of the vote.

Businessman Raymond Grim pulled in second with 1,483 votes, or 29% of the vote.

Longtime Surprise resident Lew Guyn, meanwhile, finished last of the three with 914 votes, or 18% of the vote.

Grim is an insurance agent who has owned a business in Surprise for a couple of decades. The longtime resident of Surprise was making his second attempt at winning a seat on the council, first trying in 2018.

Guyn was a first-time candidate, who has lived in Surprise for almost 20 years. He is a systems optimization consultant for Swift Transportation.

Haney's win is still unofficial.  Starting Wednesday, Maricopa County will post daily updates by 7 p.m. until all valid ballots  are processed and counted.

However, it is unclear whether there are enough uncounted votes for Grim or Guyn that could bring Haney under the 50% threshold.

In Districts 5 and 6, incumbents Jack Hastings and Chris Judd earned reelection in uncontested races. Hastings earned 2,557 votes, while Judd collected 2,936.

Surprise election, Chris Judd, Jack Hastings, Raymond Grim, Lew Guyn, Nick Haney, primary

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