Scottsdale’s mayoral race is still a dead heat and two frontrunners emerged in the field of nine City Council candidates, according to early returns in the city’s Aug. 4 Primary Election.
Former Council members David Ortega and Lisa Borowsky are in a virtual dead heat with each getting 21 percent of the votent of the vote, according to the latest unofficial results.
The top two vote getters in the mayoral race will advance to the Nov. 3 General Election.
Former Councilman Bob Littlefield is in a virtual third-place tie with current two-term Councilwoman Virginia Korte with each holding 20 percent of the vote.
Three-term council member Suzanne Klapp, who is endorsed by current Mayor Jim Lane, sits in fifth place with 17 percent, according to the incomplete unofficial returns.
Counting of votes is continuing today, though updated results will be released at 5 p.m. each day until all votes are counted, according to the Scottsdale City Clerk’s Office.
Betty Janik, Tammy Caputi, John Little are holding the top three spots in the nineway race for three Council seats with 17 percent, 16 percent and 14 percent, respectively, though Tom Durham also has 14 percent is behind Little by about 400 votes.
Other council candidates and their results so far are: Becca Linnig and incumbent Guy Phillips, who both have 9 percent; Bill Crawford, 8 percent; and Mike Auerbach and Kevin Maxwell with 7 percent each.
The top six vote getters in the Council race will advance to the General Election ballot if no one is elected outright in the primary.
To be elected outright, a candidate must receive a majority of votes cast.
The majority of votes cast is determined by dividing the total number of legal votes cast in each candidate's race by the number of seats to be filled, dividing that number in half and rounding to the next highest whole number, according to the Scottsdale City Charter.
Janik is currently the only candidate on track to be elected outright in the Primary, meaning only four candidates would advance to the General runoff election to battle for the remaining two seats if the current trends hold.
At the moment, those four candidates would be Caputi, Little Durham and Phillips.
Phillips, whose comments during an anti-mask protest garnered national attention, holds a 500 vote lead over Linnig for the last spot.
In another Scottsdale race, incumbent state Sen. Michell Ugenti-Rita appeared to have fought off a challenge from attorney Alexander Kolodin in the LD23 Republican Primary.
Ugenti-Rita currently leads that race with 60 percent of the vote and would face Democrat Seth Blattman in the General Election. Blattman ran unopposed in the Primary.
Incumbent state Sen. Lela Alston also appeared to fight off a challenge in the Democratic Primary in LD24.
Alston is leading Ryan Starzyk with 65 percent of the vote.
No Republicans qualified for the ballot for the Arizona House or Senate races in LD24.
In LD23, incumbent state Rep. Jay Lawrence is behind in a three-way race for two Republican nominations. Incumbent Rep. John Kavanagh leads with 44 percent. challenger Joseph Chaplik holds 29 percent while Lawrence has 27 percent with about 640 votes separating them.
The winners in that race will face Democrat Eric Kurland, who ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary.