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Posted: Friday, May 2, 2008 8:57 pm | Updated: 9:24 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

More than 30,000 Mesa residents have already cast their vote in the city's mayoral and District 5 runoff elections. The city clerk's office reports that as of May 1, 30,078 had returned their ballots. East Mesa's District 6 residents account for 30 percent of those who have voted ahead of the May 20 election, followed by District 5, at 26 percent.

High early ballot returns

More than 30,000 Mesa residents have already cast their vote in the city's mayoral and District 5 runoff elections. The city clerk's office reports that as of May 1, 30,078 had returned their ballots. East Mesa's District 6 residents account for 30 percent of those who have voted ahead of the May 20 election, followed by District 5, at 26 percent.

Finances, zoning dispute on ballot in Mesa

Headline correction: Finances, eminent domain on ballot in Mesa

Deadline: Calling all ballot arguments for Mesa

Griswold files petitions for Mesa mayoral ballot

Campaigning is in high gear, with Rex Griswold and Scott Smith gunning for the mayoral seat that Mayor Keno Hawker will vacate after eight years. Phil Austin and Dina Higgins are vying for the District 5 City Council seat, the only remaining seat still undecided.

Also as of May 1, early ballot requests stood at a little over 64,000, with District 6 again leading that total at about 19,000 requests.

Returns by district:

District 1: 4,562

District 2: 4,419

District 3: 2,616

District 4: 1,590

District 5: 7,875

District 6: 9,016

Mesa bus service to change today

Saturday bus service in Mesa will change from every half hour to every hour starting today.

The affected routes:

Route 30: University Drive

Route 45: Broadway Road

Route 61: Southern Avenue

*Route 96: Dobson Road

Route 104: Alma School Road

Route 120: Mesa Drive

Route 128: Stapley Drive

Route 136: Gilbert Road

* Reductions are expected to end in July.

The changes come in response to a 5 percent budget cut in the Mesa Transportation Department.

Lindsay M. Butler, (480) 898-6575

City to cut ribbon at Alston House

After years of planning and waiting, the rehabilitation of Mesa's historic Alston House is nearing completion.

Mesa will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 9 at 8:30 a.m. at the house, 435 N. Pima. The public will be able to look at site plans for the house.

The house is named for Dr. Lucius Alston, Mesa's first African-American doctor. Once it has been remodeled, it will hold offices for the Mesa Association of Hispanic Citizens and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee.

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