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Arredondo, Ellis win Tempe council seats; 2 hopefuls face runoff

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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2006 9:22 am | Updated: 4:18 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Tempe voters elected Ben Arredondo to a fourth term while choosing newcomer Shana Ellis for a seat on the City Council.

None of the other three candidates got enough votes to win outright, leaving incumbent Len Copple and Onnie Shekerjian to battle for a third seat in a May 16 runoff.

Newcomer Corey Woods, a graduate student at Arizona State University, will not move on to the runoff.

Arredondo had raised more money than any other candidate in an East Valley race — roughly $144,000 — and more than twice as much as his four opponents combined. He attributed his victory to messages about things like better parks, museum improvements and stronger code enforcement.

“The neighborhood issues were the good ones,” Arredondo said.

Ellis, who just ended a 20-year career with the Tempe Community Council, attributed her win to her family’s ties to the community and support from members of a campaign committee that she’s known since childhood.

“I’m pleasantly surprised,” Ellis said. “I’m just thrilled my commitment to Tempe can continue.”

Turnout was about 16 percent, with 12,074 ballots cast. Candidates needed 50 percent of that plus one vote to win.

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