LUKE - The Town of Luke will hold a special election in July to determine who will lead the community as mayor for the next two years.

LUKE - The Town of Luke will hold a special election in July to determine who will lead the community as mayor for the next two years.
Although incumbent mayor Edward E. Clemons Jr. was the only name on the ballot June 11, once the votes were tallied and certified it was determined that he had tied with write-in candidate James H. Parker.
Each received 18 votes.
Parker received write-in votes under his formal name, as well as under the names James Parker and Jake Parker.
The race for commissioner was more clear-cut, with incumbents James L. Lewis, Gary Wiltison, and Thomas D. Clayton, along with Janet M. Bryan winning seats on the council.
The vote tallies were as follows: James L. Lewis, 30; Gary Wiltison, 26; Thomas D. Clayton, 26; Janet M. Bryan, 23; Jesse Lands, 10; Sharon Vasquez, 10; and write-ins Leo Mazzone, 2; and James Parker, 1.
The new commissioners will take office on July 1, however, Clemons will remain as mayor until the conclusion of the special election, which is scheduled for Monday, July 23.
Of the 54 registered Luke residents, 39 voted in the June 11 election, representing 73 percent of the registered citizens.
Paper ballots were used by the registered voters of Luke, with the write-in privilege being available.  Ten absentee ballots were requested and returned.
The Supervisors of the Board of Elections were:  Tina Matthews, chairperson; Heather Ours and Judy Parker.  The board was assisted by town clerk Jeannie K. Gentry.
According to Gentry, polls will be open for the special election from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Luke City Building, and paper ballots will again be used.
Absentee and emergency voting privileges will be in effect, with absentee ballots available. Requests for applications for absentee ballots can be made until July 6, with the absentee ballot application return deadline being  2 p.m. on July 13.  This regulation has been set to ensure that registered citizens voting by this means have ample time to receive their ballots and submit them by mail to the Election Board by July 23 at 6 p.m.  Emergency ballots are covered by a slightly different regulation and time frame.  Please call the clerk’s office 301-359-3074 for more information on these procedures.