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Airway Heights Measure Defeated

Airway Heights voters defeated a ballot measure that would have replaced the city’s strong mayor-council government with a city manager-based system.

In a second, advisory vote, Airway Heights residents rejected the idea of adding two more members to the five-person city council. The vote was 70-56.

The measure seeking to do away with the strong mayor failed by a bigger margin - 88-39.

“This was basically a vote for the people of Airway Heights to decide if they were happy or unhappy with the structure of government,” said City Councilwoman Dee Mock.

“I can’t remember an election where they’ve ever been asked that before,” Mock said.

But having only 127 people voting - about 11 percent of the city’s registered voters - surprised her. “That’s a real low turnout,” she said. , DataTimes