- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - A longtime Peoria City Councilman facing a November runoff is claiming in a lawsuit that he won the August primary.

Ron Aames has represented the city’s Palo Verde District since 2007.

He had 1,852 votes in the Aug. 26 primary compared to 1,803 for challenger Michael Finn.

Aames says the city attorney told him voters who didn’t select a candidate in the municipal race are counted in the total, which meant Aames didn’t have a majority.

Aames say that means non-voters overrided the rights of those who did vote.

He filed suit Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court against Finn, the Peoria City Council and a city clerk.

He’s asking the court to declare him elected to the Palo Verde District and a hearing to be set within five days.

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