All eyes in Scottsdale tonight will be on the city’s biggest election in 40 years — the last time five of seven council seats were open.
If early ballots are a sign, today also could prove to be one of the most active elections in recent Scottsdale memory.
"I think we’re going to have a great voter turnout," said Scottsdale City Clerk Carolyn Jagger. "We’ve been getting lots of calls and request for information about candidates and about issues."
Of the city’s 116,221 registered voters, nearly 28,000 requested early ballots, and about 20,000 had been returned as of Monday, said Yvonne Reed, spokeswoman for the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.
Voters will pick a mayor and four council members and choose to retain the at-large council structure or, through Proposition 100, establish a system with six council members elected by district.
Proposition 300 will ask voters to either approve or scrap a city contract with developer Steve Ellman for up to $36.75 million in sales tax rebates from his planned Los Arcos Town Center.
Mayor Mary Manross, Councilman David Ortega, former Councilwoman Cynthia Lukas and former state Sen. Bob Usdane are vying for mayor.
Henry Becker, Steve Capobres, Bill Crawford, Betty Drake, Merlin Gindlesperger, Jim Lane, Ron McCullagh, Tony Nelssen and Kevin Osterman are competing for the open council seats.
A council candidate must receive 50 percent of the votes to win a seat. If not, the top two vote-getters will compete in a May 18 runoff.
General: City clerk’s office: (480) 312-2412
Scottsdale: Results live on CityCable Channel 11 and posted at