A changing of the guard on the Scottsdale City Council is becoming more likely as incumbent Councilwoman Betty Drake is failing to make up the significant ground in late ballots needed to win her second term.
Councilman Ron McCullagh is still the top vote-getter in Tuesday's vote to fill three council seats, followed by newcomers Lisa Borowsky and Suzanne Klapp. After Drake, challengers Tom Giller and Nan Nesvig are fifth and sixth, respectively, according to updated unofficial results released Thursday.
The latest tally shows Klapp remains 1,015 votes ahead of Drake for the final seat. These totals include all voting precincts and results from 31,082 early and provisional ballots released countywide Thursday.
Drake could not immediately be reached for comment.
LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 11
Democrat Eric Meyer and Republican Adam Driggs are pulling away from Republican Jon Altmann in the race for the district's two state House seats.
Meyer, who was re-elected to the Scottsdale school board Tuesday, now leads for a House seat by 15 votes over Driggs, with Altmann trailing Driggs by 1,706 votes - a gap that has widened since Tuesday.
In the Senate race, Sen. Barbara Leff, R-Paradise Valley, is leading Democrat Ann Wallack with 54 percent of the vote and will be returned for her fourth Senate term.
The district includes east Phoenix and Paradise Valley.
LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 8
The outcome of these races was known on election night. Sen. Carolyn Allen ran unopposed and was elected to her fourth term.
In the House race, Rep. Michele Reagan, R-Scottsdale, remains the top vote-getter, followed by fellow Republican Rep. John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills. Both will be re-elected as Democratic challenger Stephanie Rimmer trails Kavanagh by more than 10,000 votes.
The district includes parts of Scottsdale and Fountain Hills.