Posted by: jamesvw | August 28, 2011

Election Digest – August 30, 2011 across america

Election Digest – August 30, 2011

Phoenix, Arizona will elect a new mayor today – or at least decide upon which candidates move onto a runoff. But there are a handful of other races as well.


Special Primary House Elections in Jefferson, Shelby and St. Clair Counties.

District 45 Special Election due to the death of State Representative Owen Drake.

Michael Sumner (R )
Dickie Drake(R, Tea) (move to run off)
Tommy Joe Alexander (R, Tea) (move to run off)
Paige Parnell (D)

Run off will be held on Oct. 11, 2011

District 48’s current Representative accepted an appointment from the Governor.

Jim Carns(R,Tea)     1,134 (62%) (w)
Craig Sanderson (R)  682 (38%)



Phoenix City Elections

RESULTS – Greg Stanton and Wes Gullett have moved onto the runoff for mayor. Stanton received 37.85% of the vote while Gullett received 20.54%. They are quite contrasting candidates – Stanton is a Democratic former city councilor while Stanton was an adviser for John McCain.

ANNA BRENNAN – 4,910 – 4.92%
WES GULLETT – 20,492 – 20.54%
CLAUDE MATTOX – 12,090 – 12.12%
PEGGY NEELY – 12,622 – 12.65%
GREG STANTON – 37,759 – 37.85%
JENNIFER WRIGHT -11,442 – 11.47%


Incumbent Phil Gordon is term limited this year which means that there will be a new head of one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. At just shy of 1.5 million residents, it is the 6th largest city in America. The state has also been undergoing a great deal of political turmoil surrounding immigration laws (most recently SB 1070), gun culture and was hit hard by the bursting of the real estate bubble that grew a great deal in the rapidly transforming western states.

Six candidates have lined up so far to take the reins of the city for the next four years. Two current city council members are running, Peggy Neely from District 2 (well, she resigned recently to run for this office) and Claude Mattox from District 5 in the Maryvale area. Another former colleague is running, Greg Stanton, who represented District 6 for 9 years and also served as a Deputy State Attorney General. With ties to both Sen. John McCain and as a former chief of staff to Governor Fife Symington, Wes Gullett has statewide governmental experience and also served on the Phoenix Planning Commission. Running from outside the political establishment are Anna Brennan, a registered nurse who manages a small medical practice in the city and Jennifer Wright, an attorney and the self-proclaimed Tea Party activist in the race.

City Council – Hat tip to CPMaz at Random Musings for blogging about these races

There are 8 members of the Phoenix City Council and are elected without party labels on the ballot. Members from districts 1,2,3,5 and 7 are  up for reelection this year.

District 1

Results – Thelda Williams won reelection with 51% of the vote in the three-way race.

Incumbent Thelda Williams is a familiar name to city residents. Having served briefly as interim mayor all the way back in 1994 after serving on the council from 1989 until that year, she left for 11 years and made a comeback in 2007. She will be seeking a second term this year.

William Barker is a self-proclaimed libertarian looking to bring more financial restraints and cuts to the city. Also opposing the incumbent is Eric Frederick, who owns an insurance agency in the city and is heavily involved in development committees in the north of the city.

District 2

Results – Jim Waring has defeated the incumbent with 52% of the vote.

Peggy Neely resigned to run for Mayor of Phoenix, leaving this seat open. The interim replacement is Bryan Jeffries, who is seeking election for the first time and served as a firefighter in Mesa before his appointment a few months ago.

Also vying for the seat is former State Senator Jim Waring. A fiscal conservative during his time in the Senate, he is seeking to return to political office after losing in a bid for Congress last year.

David Jonesthe president of the Arizona Contractors Association was considered for the interim position and now is running for the seat. Interestingly, he once served on the Indianapolis, Indiana City Council in the 1980s.

District 3

Results – Bill Gates won with 73% of the vote

Cue up the jokes, puns or expressions of disappointment, I am sure that incumbent Bill Gates has heard them all in relation to his computer mogul namesake. Having won the seat in 2009 after being appointed shortly prior to the general election, he will be seeking his second election in two years.

His opponent is Steven Gross, a local businessman who is running without collecting campaign contributions and staying under the $500 dollar limit for money raised in the race.

District 5

Results – Daniel Valenzuela has won with 42% of the vote

Since incumbent Claude Mattox is running for Mayor, it means that this seat is open and looking very competive amongst the four contenders.

These include Charlie Ellis, former Chairman of Dear Vally Village, Daniel Valenzuela, a firefighter and member of the Maryvale Village Planning Committee, Eric Sloan, who runs a public affairs firm and once served as Director of Government and Media Relations for the Department of Veteran Services, and businesswoman Brenda Sperduti.

District 7

Results – The incumbent Michael Nowakowski has won reelection with 64% of the vote

Incumbent Michael Nowakowski is seeking his second term in the far-stretching 7th district. The Vice President of Radio Campesina has focused in his four years on public safety and youth issues and adhering to a slogan of “Keeping Neighborhoods First”.

Janet Contreras, a former congressional candidate and Arthur Olivas Jr. are vying to claim the Tea Party mantle in this race.

Tuscon City Elections

Mayor – Democratic Primary

Johnathan Rothschild (W)
Joseph Maher (WI)
David Karr (WI)

Mayor – Republican Primary

Rick Grinnell (WI) (W)
Daryl Peterson (WI)

Ward 1 – Democratic Primary

Regina Romero (W)
Joe Flores


Results – Mayor Ed Foster was recalled and will be replaced by fire chief Jose Lizzaraga

Mayoral recall.  Mayor Ed Foster and his supporters are not going softly in this good night.  The Council has moved to have him recalled and in turn he has claimed the Council, the police and the executive staff are engaged in a power grab and have established martial law.  Furthermore, Foster filed papers to block this special election but apparently several issues with signer’s addresses and proper certification brought down the legal challenge.  Foster has repeatedly attended Council meetings and declared them illegal before walking out.  The topics of two of these meetings included the budget issues and approval of a gun shop and shooting range across from the Police Station. His opponent will be a member of the Council who resigned to run in this special election, Jose Lizarraga.

registered voters 1,441; ballots cast 574; turnout 39.83%

Ed Foster            245 (42.76%)

Jennifer Jones     23 (4.01%)

Jose Lizarraga 302 (52.71%) (W)

write in                  3 (0.52%)


Ballots were mailed out previously and if you still have one you can drop it off at the City Clerk’s Office, 201 S. Cortez, Prescott on Election Day 8:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Mayor – Candidates Two Year Term (Vote for not more than 1)

Kuykendall, Marlin (W)
Suttles, Mary Ann
Thurston, Deborah

Council Member – Four Year Term Candidates (Vote for not more than 3)

Arnold, Charles “Charlie” (W)
Dubiel, Alan (W)
Kuknyo, Chris (W)
Lamerson, James



San Luis Obispo

Two Ballot Questions – registered voters 24,323;  ballots cast 10,256; turnout 42.17%

Measure A – This ballot question would allow the City Council to take power for negotiating contracts with public union workers. Note that the Mayor of the town is also a member of the Council. (Read text of question)

Yes 7.550 (74.16%) (w)

No 2,631 (25.84%)

Measure B – This ballot question would remove the current city rules for arbitration for firefighters and police officers in the city. The Vice Mayor was the only council member to vote against this proposal. (Read text of question)

Yes 7,428 (72.81%) ?(w)

No 2,774 (27.19%)


City Council District 1 registered voters 367; ballots cast 122; turnout 33%

Jim Corsaut          17  (14%)
Pamela Bulahan 50 (45%)
Michael Gomez   46 (38%)


Upland has 18 races and the full list is available by clicking here.



Liberty County

School District is asking for ½ cent surtax for 10 years to finance educational facilities, including construction, reconstruction, renovation, remodeling, land acquisition and improvement, retrofitting and the purchase of technology equipment, hardware and software for the Liberty County School District.

registered voters 4,218; ballots cast 523; turnout 12.40%

Yes 351 (67.11%) (w)
No 172 (32.89%)

St. Petersburg registered voters 20,155; ballots cast 2,875; turnout 14%

The other city council seats are set for a November General Election.  August 30 is a primary for District 1’s City Council seat.  Three candidates are up and the top two will face off in the General Election.  More about these candidates can be found here

Josh Shulman 589
Bob Kersteen 794 (moves to run off)
Charlie Gerdes 1491 (moves to run off)


Council Seat 2 Incumbent unopposed
Council Seat 4 Incumbent unopposed
Atlantic Beach

I don’t know much about Atlantic Beach but I really like what I see in this election.  If the southwest district had turned out more it would have been even more exciting.  One precinct had over 50% turnout in this off year local election.  Cheers to Atlantic Beach.


Mike Borno            1,365 (50.76%) (w)
Mark C. Tomaski 1,324 (49.24%)

Commissioner – Seat 2:

John Fletcher 1,330 (49.61%)
Maria Mark     1,351 (50.39%) (w)

Commissioner – Seat 3:

Paul Parsons            1,246 (46.49%)
Mark Beckenbach  1,434 (53.51%) (w)



Boise School District

Supplemental Maintenance and Operation Levy Question

Voters will be asked to approve a levy on their property taxes to raise it approximately $9.41 per month on every $100,000 assessed property value. This will cover the projected $17.5 million shortfall in the school budget for 2012-2013.



Election Moved.   It will take place on March 13th, 2012

Clearwater, Lewis and Nez Perce Counties Orofino Joint School District # 171 is asking for $7,735,000 over 15 years to pay for various construction projects at both High Schools. Polls opened from 8am to 8pm and locations are listed here

Because of the way levy issues are set up a super majority is needed to pass any request.  Over 66% of a yes vote is needed to pass this.

Most of Clearwater voted for this.  All of Lewis voted against it.  Nez Perce split down the middle.  So even though Yes won the day it did not do it by enough votes to reach 66 2/3% and therefore it failed.

Yes 943 (61.63%)
No  586 (38.32%) (W, as 66.66% was needed to pass it)



Halesite Fire District

Resolution of the Halesite Fire District, in the Town of Huntington which provides for the purchase of a new Ferrara Fire Apparatus 4×4 1000 GPM Pumper at the estimated maximum cost of $289,499.00 with payment to be made in the following manner; $100,000.00 from the existing Capital Reserve Fund and the balance of $189,499.00 to be financed by the Halesite Fire District through Community Leasing Partners at an annual interest rate of 4.45% per cent per annum, with re-payment to be made as follows: The first installment payment of $27,740.58 on June 1, 2013 and nine additional annual installments of $27,740.58 principal and interest due on June 1st of each year thereafter with the final installment due on June 1, 2021.

All residents of the Fire District duly registered with the  Suffolk County Board of Elections as of August 7, 2011 shall be eligible to vote. Voters will have from 6pm to 9pm to cast ballots.


In these races the Fire District officials run the election.  The Town Clerk will provide the voting machines etc but the Fire District runs the election and is given the courtesy of being the sole source on it.  Several attempts over the past few days have not resulted in contacting or receiving a response to requests for the final results of this vote.

Bridgeport Fire District

The 1994 E-One Cyclone fire apparatus is surplus and can be put up for public bid. Voters will have from 6pm to 9pm to cast ballots.


In these races the Fire District officials run the election.  The Town Clerk will provide the voting machines etc but the Fire District runs the election and is given the courtesy of being the sole source on it.  Several attempts over the past few days have not resulted in contacting or receiving a response to requests for the final results of this vote.



If you want to vote in the September 20, 2011 Primary in Oregon you must register to vote by August 30, 2011.

Office of the Secretary of State, Elections Division
Address: 255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 501, Salem 97310
Phone: 503-986-1518



State House District 10 Special Election

Republican Daniel T. Cooper says he is burned out and has resigned from the seat.  The candidate he beat in the last Republican Primary and the candidate he roundly beat the last General Election will face off for his seat.

Dave Ballard ConParty          196 (15.9%)
Joshua Putnam (R) (wins) 1,026 (83.4%)
write                                                     9 (0.7%)


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