Barry Graham has maintained a large lead over Pamela Carter in the race for Scottsdale’s remaining open metropolis council seat as of Wednesday night.
It could take days earlier than all of the votes are tallied, so it is nonetheless attainable that Carter may pull off a victory. Graham expects to keep up the frontrunner position he is held since August, nevertheless.
“We have a pretty comfortable lead at this point,” he informed The Arizona Republic. “We feel good about the first data release and cautiously optimistic that the lead will hold.”
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The two candidates been locked in a marketing campaign battle because the major election in August, when incumbents Kathy Littlefield and Solange Whitehead secured sufficient votes to win with out a runoff election.
Graham is an accountant who has served on Scottsdale’s Planning Commission since 2020, whereas Carter is a businesswoman who runs a nonprofit that produces faith-based movies.
Both have limited-development stances just like the vast majority of Scottsdale’s present council. The winner will substitute termed-out Councilmember Linda Milhaven — one among Scottsdale’s two pro-development officers — and assist form town’s future, tackling prime points that vary from short-term rental rules to water conservation.
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Graham outperformed Carter by about 4,500 votes in August’s major election, inserting third in that contest whereas his opponent secured the fourth place spot.
He additionally raised almost 3 times extra marketing campaign funds than Carter as of September, and has garnered the assist of a number of high-profile group members reminiscent of Councilmember Littlefield.
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Carter additionally acquired far fewer donations from constituents, with a few quarter of her campaign income in latest months got here from donors who do not reside in Scottsdale.
She didn’t reply to repeated requests for interviews after the preliminary poll outcomes have been launched on Tuesday, however mentioned she was not deterred by the funding imbalance when she spoke to The Arizona Republic final month.
“We won our primary with $10,000 because we were out meeting the people and working our rears off,” she mentioned. “I am very confident I can take this.”
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