Unofficial primary election results show Scott Moore, Julie Pace and Jonathan Wainwright leading the race for Paradise Valley Town Council in the tight Aug. 4 primary election.
Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner is running unopposed for a second two-year term. He received 3,369 votes.
The Maricopa County Elections Department posted unofficial results at 8 p.m. for the 2020 primary election, updating throughout the night.
Unofficial results for the Town Council race show:
Mr. Wainwright was the challenger in the council election, as Mr. Stanton, Mr. Moore and Ms. Pace are all seeking re-election. The election’s department reports the Paradise Valley primary election had 4,135 ballots cast with a voter turnout of 38.80%.
According to Paradise Valley Town Clerk Duncan Miller, official winners will not be determined until all ballots are counted.
“Based on the preliminary unofficial results, all four council candidates received a majority of the total votes cast,” Mr. Miller said. “The three candidates with the most votes would receive certificates of election. Because, I do not know how many ballots are left to be counted, I will not make a determination until final results are available.”
Mr. Miller expects final primary results to be released by Maricopa County next week.
Mr. Miller also added, in order to be elected at the August primary, a candidate must receive a majority of the total votes cast. Pursuant to Arizona Law (A.R.S. §9-821.01), the total number of votes cast is calculated by adding the total number of votes cast for all candidates for an office; dividing that sum by the number of seats to be filled at the election and then dividing the result of that calculation by two and rounding the number to the highest whole number.
If more candidates receive a majority than there are offices to be filled, the candidates receiving the highest number of votes equal to the number of seats to be filled shall be declared elected.