Sierra Vista is about to have its First Black Mayor.
A local Black business owner and veteran was voted to replace Rick Mueller as mayor of Sierra Vista, a military town in southeastern Arizona.
Clea McCaa, who owns a government contracting firm, won 39% of votes, compared with Steve Conroy, a retired U.S. Army officer who won 29.5% of votes, and city council member Rachel Gray, who won 24% of votes.
Of the total 77,394 registered voters, 61.10% turned out to vote with 35,173 of them participating in early voting, 11,994 voting on Election Day, and 117 submitting provisional ballots.
Although still considered unofficial results, all the ballots have been counted, according to the Cochise County elections website.
McCaa was born and raised in Sierra Vista and is a retired U.S. Army veteran who now runs a governmental contracting firm with his wife. He also has a list of other titles including president of the Greater Huachuca Area NAACP, pastor, chaplain for the Sierra Vista Police Department and founder of nonprofit Sierra Vista Dream Center, among others.
McCaa’s goals for Sierra Vista include improving roads, bringing jobs to the area and “aggressively” focusing on economic development, public safety and support of first responders.
The other two candidates also had connections to the military and said they want to bring jobs to Sierra Vista, they each also have more specific issues they are passionate about, ranging from school curriculum to support for first responders.
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