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Bret Roberts talks on election night. (Kyle Norby)

Ballots are still being counted in Pinal County and not all Pima County precincts have reported, but Republican showed up strong for their candidates in District 11.

Maricopan Bret Roberts is on course to join Mark Finchem in the state House of Representatives. Both have almost 38,000 votes each in the unofficial count. Democrats Hollace Lyon and Maricopa High School teacher Marcela Quiroz trail by around 10,000 votes.

“It’s been a long year and a half,” said Roberts, who is finishing his term as constable this year. “Those days that you get tired and sometimes you don’t necessarily want to leave your house, you just keep going.”

He spoke outside WingStop, where some local Republicans gathered on election night.

That included Glenn Morrison, who has a strong lead over Democrat Andre LaFond and is likely to be the next constable for District 4.

“Hard work pays off,” Morrison said. “It was wonderful meeting so many people in Maricopa.”

If the numbers hold up for Roberts, he will be replacing Vince Leach, who opted to run for Senate in LD11. That effort looks be successful, with Leach having a large lead over Democrat Ralph Atchue.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting and thousands of ballots remaining to be counted, the unofficial results as of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday:

(Projected winner in purple)

U.S. Senate
Martha McSally (R) 49.37%
Kyrsten Sinema (D) 48.39%
Angela Green (G) 2.25%

U.S. House of Representatives District 1
Tom O’Halleran (D) 53.2%
Wendy Rogers (R) 46.8%

Doug Ducey (R) 57.9%
David Garcia (D) 40.1%

Secretary of State
Steve Gaynor (R) 51.3%
Katie Hobbs (D) 48.7%

Attorney General
Mark Brnovich (R) 53.4%
January Contreras (D) 46.6%

State Treasurer
Kimberly Yee (R) 55.7%
Mark Manoil (D) 44.3%

Superintendent of Public Instruction
Frank Riggs (R) 50.2%
Kathy Hoffman (D) 49.8%

Mine Inspector
Joe Hart (R) 53.3%
William Pierce (D) 46.7%

Corporation Commissioner (vote for 2)
Justin Olson (R) 25.98%
Rodney Glassman (R) 25.9%
Sandra Kennedy (D) 24.97%
Kiana Marie Sears (D) 23.16%

State Senator District 11
Vince Leach (R) 55.6%
Ralph Atchue (D) 43.5%

State Representative District 11 (vote for 2)
Mark Finchem (R) 28.69%
Bret Roberts (R) 28.59%
Hollace Lyon (D) 21.74%
Marcela Quiroz (D) 20.98%

Pinal County Constable District 4
Glenn Morrison (R) 53.8%
Andre LaFond (D) 46.05%

Pinal County Justice of the Peace District 4
Lyle Riggs (R) 95.95%
write-ins 4.05%

Clerk of the Superior Court
Amanda Stanford (R) 97.12%
write-ins 2.72%

Prop 125 (Government retirement system)
Yes 51.7%
No 48.3%

Prop 126 (Service taxes)
Yes 65.15%
No 34.85%

Prop 127 (Renewable energy)
Yes 30.19%
No 69.81%

Prop 305 (Expanding education empowerment scholarships)
Yes 34.9%
No 65.1%

Prop 306 (Clean Elections change)
Yes 56.09%
No 43.91%

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Kyrsten Sinema (left) and Martha McSally

With 88 percent of all precinct’s reporting, Republican Martha McSally retains a slim lead over Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in the race for U.S. Senate.

Several of the majority-Democrat Apache County precincts remain outstanding as ballot-counting continues. McSally leads Sinema 49 percent to 48 percent.

In Congressional District 1, Democrat Tom O’Halleran leads Republican Wendy Rogers 53 percent to 47 percent. That district also awaits the results from Apache County.

The governor’s race was called early as incumbent Doug Ducey took a huge lead over Democratic challenger David Garcia, 58 percent to 40 percent.

With no incumbent in the secretary of state race, Republican Steve Gaynor has a lead over Democrat Katie Hobbs, 51 percent to 49 percent. Incumbent Attorney General Mark Brnovich was also easily holding off Democrat January Contreras 53 percent to 47 percent, and Republican Kimberly Yee had an easy 56 percent to 44 percent lead over Democrat Mark Manoil in the race for treasurer.

But the race for superintendent of public instruction remains too close to call. Republican Frank Riggs leads Democrat Kathy Hoffman by just 10,508 votes, or 50.3 percent to 49.7 percent.

The Republicans are leading the Democrats in the race for two seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission. Incumbent Republican Justin Olson is the favorite with 756,000, and fellow Republican Rodney Glassman carries at least 29,440 votes more than the top Democrat, Sandra Kennedy.



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Arizonans are deciding the fate of five statewide propositions in Tuesday’s election. They cover state pensions, taxes on services, renewable energy, school choice and Clean Elections.

Prop 125

Prop 125 allows the Legislature to adjust retirement plans based on cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for corrections officers, probation officers, surveillance officers and elected officials. It would implement Senate Bill 1442 and House Bill 2545.

Currently, the maximum increase allowed is 4 percent and is based on the inflation rate for the Metropolitan Phoenix-Mesa Consumer Price Index. The adjustment would cap the increase at 2 percent. According to the state Constitution, Arizona retirement system benefits cannot be diminished or impaired. That creates the need for a constitutional amendment to allow the adjustments requested by the Legislature.

Prop 126

Proposition 126 would amend Article 9 and Article 13 of the Arizona Constitution. It prohibits state and local governments from making any changes to taxes on services. That includes creating new taxes or increasing taxes for services in Arizona.

Services that could avoid taxation under the proposal include medical visits, banking, fitness, salon services, real estate transactions and more. The Arizona Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors are major backers.

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Prop 127

Also called the Renewable Energy Standards Initiative, Prop 127 would increase the minimum amount of electricity electric utilities are required to produce from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass. The state standard currently mandates that utilities achieve 15 percent by 2025. The proposition increases that to 50 percent by 2030.

Prop 127 coincides with a similar measure in Nevada, and both are financed by NexGen Climate Action, founded by Tom Steyer, who wants both states to be closer to the California standard in their solar goals. Electric utilities and co-ops stand against the proposal.

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Candidates for Arizona Corporation Commission also talked about Prop 127

Prop 305

Empowerment Scholarship Accounts currently allow children with disabilities to opt out of public education to attend private school or be home-schooled. An ESA is funded at 90 percent of what the state would have paid for the student in a district or charter school. Prop 305 would make all schoolchildren in K-12 to be eligible for ESA funding by 2021.

Prop 305 is a veto referendum on Senate Bill 1431, a bill signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey. A “yes” vote would put SB 1431 into effect. A “no” vote agrees with Save Our Schools Arizona, which collected enough signatures to force a public vote on the matter.

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Prop 306

Prop 306 wants to change the Citizens Clean Election Act, which provides public funding for participating political campaigns. The ballot issue would make two significant changes in the current law. One change would prohibit Clean Elections candidates from transferring their campaign funds to a political party or organization that influences elections. The second change removes the autonomy of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission (CCEC), subjecting it to the procedures of the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council.

The first part of the proposition is said to be a response to the 2016 election when Democratic candidates gave an estimated $80,000 from their Clean Elections funding to the Arizona Democratic Party. The second part, however, is the result of a long-running battle over so-called “dark” money and the CCEC’s recent rule-changes requesting more disclosures of campaign funding.

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Amanda Stanford and Scott McKee are vying for the Republican nomination for clerk of Superior Court. No other party has a candidate.

In charge of Pinal County Superior Court records, including juror lists, the clerk of the court is responsible for the organization and knowledge of the state’s public records law.

Both candidates running for the office claim integrity and efficiency. They are also both Republican.

Incumbent Amanda Stanford was first elected in 2014. She opened offices in Maricopa and San Tan Valley in an attempt at more convenience for residents. An accountant by trade, she is a certified trainer for Arizona counties in Minimum Accounting Standards and has proposed more modern procedures for the clerk’s office.

But opposition to Stanford has been heated from the beginning from some Republicans. Within a year, her office was embroiled in controversy enhanced by uncorroborated personal gossip within the party. Publicly, she accused then-County Attorney Lando Voyle’s office of causing “several hundred” security breaches in court files, an accusation that caused a rift between the two offices. An audit by the Administrative Office of the Courts later determined there had been instances of unauthorized access to files, though fewer than implied.

She has worked in the clerk’s office for 10 years and is working toward completion of the Certified Court Executive Program. She has three children.

Challenging Stanford in the Republican primary is political newcomer Scott McKee, a financial manager who lives in San Tan Valley.

He wants to exceed the minimum standards of efficiency and take full advantage of the Civil Case E-Filing program. McKee has no background with either the clerk’s office or Stanford personally, but was asked to run by other Republicans. McKee is married with six children.

Whoever wins the primary will face no opposition in the general election unless a write-in candidate joins the fray.

This item appears in part in the August issue of InMaricopa.

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Glenn Morrison. (Photo by Michelle Ryan)

A Maricopa man has announced his intention to run for constable of the Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court.

Glenn Morrison of Rancho El Dorado is running for the post currently held by Bret Roberts, a fellow Republican who has announced his campaign for the state Legislature. 

“I have observed the work of Constable Roberts, who has brought a high level of transparency and a new degree compassion to the office of the constable,” he said. “I would be honored to build upon the foundation he has put in place and be allowed to serve the people of Precinct 4 as the next constable.”

Born and raised in Tucson, Morrison has been a Maricopa resident since 2009. In 2011, he joined the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Posse, holding the rank of lieutenant, and is the posse’s lead firearms/Taser Instructor. He has been an NRA-certified firearms Instructor since 1998, an Arizona CCW instructor since 1999, a law enforcement certified firearms instructor since 2012 and is an NRA Life Member.

Since 2010 he has been active with the nonprofit AZ Precision Motorcycle Drill Team, whose mission is to promote motorcycle safety and safe motorcycling.

“I have extensive experience interacting with a wide variety of people from all walks of life in many, sometimes very difficult circumstances,” Morrison said.

Morrison’s business background includes training, technology, management and real estate. He also said his volunteer work with PCSO has given him an “excellent knowledge of the area.”