Election results show strong wins for Penzone and McCain; some races still too close to call
NORTH VALLEY – Maricopa County has not yet officially released election results, and, as of Monday night, about 45,000 ballots remained to be counted in Maricopa County. Some races have shown large enough leads that they have already been called for the winner, including the Maricopa County sheriff’s race. Paul Penzone has a 12 percent lead over incumbent sheriff Joe Arpaio, and Arpaio has conceded the race to Penzone. Incumbent senator John McCain retained his seat, beating challenger Ann Kirkpatrick by about 13 percent of the vote.
In District 4, incumbent representative Paul Gosar received approximately 72 percent of the vote over challenger Mikel Weisser. District 6 representative David Schweikert also won with a wide margin over opponent W. John Williamson. District 8 representative Trent Franks also beat challenger Mark Salazar.
Karen Fann ran unopposed for District 1 State Senator. Noel Campbell and David Stringer were elected District 1 State Representatives, over Peter Pierson and Haryaksha Gregor Knauer.
In District 15, Nancy Barto was elected state senator, and John Allen and Heather Carter were elected state representatives.
The Arizona Corporation Commission race remained close as of Monday. Bob Burns has received the highest percentage of the vote, and the preliminary results show Andy Tobin and Boyd Dunn as the second and third highest vote-getters of the five candidates running for the three open seats. Candidates Tom Chabin and Bill Mundell remain within 1-2 percentage points of Dunn at this time.
Bill Gates, who ran unopposed, has been elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Incumbent County Assessor Paul Petersen also ran unopposed.
In the County Attorney race, incumbent Bill Montgomery appears to have edged out challenger Diego Rodriguez, as Montgomery is holding about a 74,000 vote lead, as of Monday.
The County Recorder race has been extremely close. Incumbent Helen Purcell trails challenger Adrian Fontes by about 1 percent, and Fontes is now projected to win. The County School Superintendent race has also been close, with Steve Watson leading over Michelle Robertson by about 35,000 votes. In the County Treasurer race, Royce Flora appears to have beat Joe Downs; Flora is holding an 8 percent lead.
James Rich ran unopposed for Desert Ridge Constable. Cathy Riggs took the Desert Ridge Justice of the Peace race, with 65 percent of the vote. Brent McCleve ran unopposed for North Valley Constable.
Alexandra Arboleda, Jen Brown, Ben Graff, Jim Holway, and Mark Lewis are currently the top five vote-getters for the five open seats on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board.
The West-Mec bond approval questions remains too close to call, with votes in favor leading by about 1 percent.
Judy Doane, Monica Ceja Martinez, and David Sandoval appear to have taken the three seats on the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board. The Peoria USD bond approval question appears to have failed, with over 57 percent voting no.
Janet Busbee and Kathryn Hill are leading the Cave Creek Unified School District Governing Board election. Four candidates ran for three available seats. At last report, Candidate James Rich holds a lead of 87 votes over candidate Susan Clancy.
The Deer Valley Unified School District Governing Board race has been close. At this time, Jenny Frank, Darcy Tweedy, and Ann Ordway have the lead for the three open seats.
All the judges on the Maricopa County ballot appear to have been retained.
Proposition 206, which will raise the minimum wage and provide sick leave requirements, passed by about a 16 percent margin. Proposition 205, which would legalize recreational marijuana, appears to have failed, with about 85,000 more votes against than in favor.
See more election information at www.azsos.gov and http://recorder.maricopa.gov/electionresults.