Hunt leads in Acacia District race

By: 
CAROLYN DRYER, Peoria Times Editor

Vicki Hunt

Brittany Burback

Results are unofficial as of Wednesday morning, but the early count shows Peoria Acacia District Councilmember Vicki Hunt is ahead by a 4 percent margin, 2,215 (52 percent) votes to 2,066 (48 percent) for challenger Brittany Burback.
Late Tuesday evening after the polls had been closed for two hours, Hunt reached out to voters.
 “I want to thank my husband and family, Mayor (Cathy) Carlat and City Council, firefighters and police and everyone else who worked on, endorsed and supported my campaign, especially business leaders and Old Town residents,” Hunt said. “We’ve made tremendous strides in revitalizing our Old Town, enhancing neighborhoods and decreasing crime rates in our city.
“I’m passionate about the city of Peoria and excited to get back to work to build a stronger city. It’s not easy running for office and I commend my opponent for her efforts.”
In another important race for West Valley residents — Congressional District 8 — Republican incumbent Debbie Lesko chalked  up an impressive victory over Democrat Hiral Tipirneni. Lesko received 123,681 votes (57 percent) to Tipirneni’s 94,583 (43 percent).
From a gathering for Republican office seekers in Scottsdale, Lesko commented on the numbers showing she had received 57 percent of the vote — 123,681 — to Tipirneni’s 43 percent (94,583 votes).
“I’m very thankful to the voters for putting their faith in me and continuing to work hard for them,” Lesko said.
Questioned about issues she would focus on going forward, Lesko said her top priority would continue to be “helping my constituents” with veteran concerns, Social Security, Medicare, immigration and securing the border.
“Border problems with the caravan at the border — we really need to fix the immigration system,” she said.
With the knowledge that Democrats had taken back the U.S. House of  Representatives, Lesko said, “We have to work together.”
Regarding immigration reform, Lesko said, “We really need both sides to work together.”
Monday, Lesko said she would be back in Washington, D.C.
“It’s been one heckuva year, a sprint, four elections, set up offices. It’s been a busy year, I have been blessed.”
In other local elections, unofficial results show Republican Rick Gray defeating independent challenger Kathy Knecht by a 53-to-47 percent margin in the race for state senate in District 21. Gray pulled in 30,209 votes to Knecht’s 26,439.
In the race for state representative in District 21, Republicans Kevin Payne and Tony Rivero defeated Democrats Bradley Hughes and Gilbert Romero.
Payne received 30,695 votes (29 percent); Rivero had 28,916 (28 percent); Hughes 22,218 (21 percent); and Romero 22,409 (22 percent).
In the Legislative District 22 state senate race, Republican David Livingston received 64 percent of the votes (53,008), while his opponent, Democrat Wendy Garcia, received 36 percent (29,800).
Republicans took both state representative seats in Legislative District 22. Frank Carroll and Ben Toma each received 32 percent of the votes, while Democrat Valerie Harris received 18 percent and Democrat Teri Sarmiento received 19 percent.
In the race for justice of the peace in the Manistee Precinct, Donald Watts ran unopposed. The same was true in the justice of the peace race in Arrowhead Precinct, where Craig Wismer also ran unopposed and received 100 percent of the votes. In the Arrowhead Precinct constable race, Michael Branham also received 100 percent of the votes.
Voted onto the board of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, where five seats were up for election, were: Lisa Atkins, Terry Goddard, Heather A. Macre, Jennifer Martin and April M. Pinger.

State office numbers
Gov. Doug Ducey received 58 percent of the vote to challenger, Democrat David Garcia’s 40 percent. Green Party candidate Angel Torres received 2 percent of the vote.
Mark  Brnovich defeated Democrat January Contreras by a 54-to-46-percent-margin in the race for attorney general.
Kimberly Yee, former state senator in Legislative District 20, defeated Democrat Mark Manoil by a 56-to-44-percent margin.
State Superintendent of Public  Instruction candidates — Republican Frank Riggs and Democrat Kathy Hoffman were tied at 50 percent at press time.
 

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