Results were updated at 9:00 a.m. on 11/7/20.
Returns in Scottsdale’s mayoral election show David Ortega maintaining his lead over Lisa Borowsky.
Unofficial results from the Maricopa County Recorder’s office show Ortega leading Borowsky with 52 percent of the vote, down three percent from his initial lead when the county dropped the first round of returns on Tuesday night.
Ortega lead Borwosky by 6,032 votes as of Nov. 7.
A record number of voters turned out in Scottsdale’s election on Nov. 3 to cast ballots for a new mayor, City council members and a slew of other local, state and national races.
According to the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office, 154,768 Scottsdale voters cast ballots in the election so far, exceeding the previous record for total ballots cast in the city set when 128,244 residents voted in the 2016 Presidential Election.
Betty Janik, who came just short of being elected outright in the Primary Election in August, holds the top spot in the race with 19 percent of the vote, according to unofficial early returns.
She is followed closely by Tammy Caputi who also has 19 percent of the vote but trails Janik by 1,173 votes.
Tom Durham, who ran on a slate with Janik, currently holds the third spot with 18 percent of the vote followed by John Little also with 18 percent.
Durham leads Little by 2,890 votes for the final seat and his lead has only grown as more votes have come in.
Two-term incumbent City Councilman Guy Phillips currently sits in distant fifth place with 15 percent of the vote, followed by Becca Linnig with 12 percent.
Fifth place is the same position Phillips secured in the Primary, suggesting a year of controversies may have affected his support citywide.
After fighting off an ethics complaint earlier in the year, Phillips drew negative press nationwide in June after uttering the phrase “I can’t breathe” into the microphone at an anti-mask mandate rally he organized at City Hall.
Some saw the quip as mocking the final words of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man whose death at the hands of a police officer sparked protests nationwide.
Phillips denied the allegation, but the comment drew criticism from his fellow City Councilmembers and even Governor Doug Ducey.
SUSD Governing Board
A similarly tight race is ongoing in the race to fill three seats on the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board.
Retired teacher Julie Cieniawski currently leads the race with 22 percent of the vote.
Dr. Libby Hart-Wells is in second place with 18 percent of the vote, followed closely by Zach Lindsay and Rose Smith, who both hold 17 percent of the vote.
After trailing Smith on Election Night, Lindsay holds a slim 381-vote lead for the third and final seat as of Thursday morning.
Kathleen Angelos and Lucy DiGrazia currently trail the pack with 14 percent and 13 percent of the vote, respectively.
Angelos courted controversy earlier this year after the Progress reported on Facebook posts she wrote or shared that included anti-Islamic sentiments.
A bid to turn legislative district 23 purple is not going according to plan as Republicans currently lead in all state legislative races in the district, according to early unofficial results.
Incumbent Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, and Scottsdale Republican currently lead Democrat Eric Kurland for the two seats representing the district in the Arizona House of Representatives.
Kavanagh holds a sizable lead with 37 percent of the vote.
Chaplik (35 percent) has a comfortable lead over Kurland (28 percent) for the second seat.
In the LD 23 state senate race, incumbent Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita holds a comfortable 18-point lead over Democrat Seth Blattman.
Further south, legislative district 24 looks like it will remain solidly blue.
Incumbent Democratic Reps. Jennifer Longdon and Amish Shah currently hold 35 and 36 percent of the vote, respectively.
Republican challengers Robyn Cushman and David Alger have only 15 and 14 percent of the vote, respectively.
In the state senate race in the district, incumbent Sen. Lela Alston is ahead of challenger Ray Michaels 71 to 29 percent.