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Election highlighted by several close races

Elizabeth Medora~ 11/12/2014

NORTH VALLEY – The midterm election on Nov. 4 yielded some changes in government, with several close races taking the spotlight.

As of now, the Secretary of State and the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office are still referring to ballot counts as unofficial. Since thousands of early ballots and provisional ballots remained to be counted as of press time, some results are projected but not confirmed. Recounts could be requested in especially close races.

Democrat David Garcia and Republican Diane Douglas were engaged in a close race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, with fewer than 18,000 votes between them. Garcia conceded to Douglas late on the night of Nov. 10.

Ballot proposition 122, which gives Arizona legislators the right to deny funding to any federal legislation they deem unconstitutional, was another tight race. Votes in favor led by about 2.5 percent. The measure is projected to pass.

Outside of the local districts, two other close races for representatives in Congress were on the national spectrum. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) and Andy Tobin (R) were engaged in a close race; Kirkpatrick won by over five percent.

Ron Barber (D), who was an aide to former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, ran for her Congressional seat. In 2012, Giffords gave up her seat after a near-fatal assassination attempt in 2011. Martha McSally (R) opposed Barber for the Congressional seat. The race was extremely tight, with McSally having about 400 votes more than Barber. As of press time, the race had not been called for either candidate.

Republican Doug Ducey won the gubernatorial race over Democrat Fred DuVal, Libertarian Barry Hess, and Americans Elect candidate J.L. Mealer.

In the Secretary of State race, Michele Reagan (R) beat out Terry Goddard (D) by about 54,000 votes.

Mark Brnovich (R) won Attorney General over Felecia Rotellini (D).

Jeff DeWit (R) ran unopposed for State Treasurer. Incumbent Joe Hart (R) also ran unopposed for the office of State Mine Inspector.

In the Corporation Commission race, Doug Forese (R) and Tom Little (R) won over Sandra Kennedy (D) and Jim Holway (D).

Legislative District 1 – Local area

Steve Pierce (R) ran unopposed for District 1 state senator.

Karen Fann (R) and Noel Campbell (R) won District 1 state representatives, over Frank Cuccia (D).

Congressional District 4 – includes Black Canyon City

Republican Paul Gosar beat Democrat Mike Weisser and Libertarian Chris Rike for representative in Congress.

Congressional District 6 – Cave Creek, Carefree, North Scottsdale, and Happy Valley area of Phoenix

Incumbent David Schweikert (R) beat John Williamson (D) for representative in Congress.

Congressional District 8 – New River, Tramonto, Anthem, and the Sonoran Foothills area

Incumbent Trent Franks (R) kept his seat as representative. He was opposed in the race by Americans Elect candidate Stephen Dolgos, who received over 24 percent of the vote.

Ballot propositions – statewide

Prop 122, which gives Arizona legislators the right to deny funding to any federal legislation they deem unconstitutional, is projected to pass by a narrow margin.

Prop 303, which allows terminally ill patients to try new experimental treatments, passed by a wide majority.

Prop 304, which would raise legislators’ salaries from $24,000 to $35,000, failed by almost two-thirds of the vote.

Maricopa County

Prop 480, which will help fund the Maricopa County Special Health Care District, passed with about two-thirds of the vote.

City of Phoenix

Prop 487, the much-debated amendment to the retirement plan of City of Phoenix employees, failed with about a 60/40 split against.

Town of Carefree

Both Prop 488 and Prop 489 failed. These propositions would have extended the terms of the mayor and councilmembers to four years.

Cave Creek Unified School District

Both CCUSD bond questions passed with a slim majority.

Three candidates were vying for two CCUSD governing board seats. Mark Warren and Cynthia Weiss were elected over Angelica Petersen.

Deer Valley Unified School District

Six candidates were running for two seats on the DVUSD governing board. Kimberly Fisher and Ann O’Brien were elected over Bob Stambach, Trilese DiLeo, Darcy Tweedy, and John Allen.

For more election results, see www.azsos.gov and www.recorder.maricopa.gov/electionresults.