3 candidates in tight race for Scottsdale City Council seats

A tight race for Scottsdale City Council seats remained unresolved late Monday, as three candidates were separated by just 70 votes in vying for two of the three seats that were up for grabs.

An outcome was expected by Wednesday night or possibly later because roughly 1,000 provisional county ballots required additional review Monday, a Maricopa County elections spokesman said.

Updated results Monday night showed Linda Milhaven retaining a solid lead for the first available seat. After that, David Smith, Kathy Littlefield and Dennis Robbins were locked in an extremely tight race for two final seats.

Monday’s latest tally showed Smith leading Littlefield by 14 votes. Littlefield led Robbins by 55 votes.

The 1,000 remaining provisional ballots, which were initially deemed not valid, were under a second review Monday and were expected to be subject to a third review, according to Maricopa County elections officials.

Voters who cast a conditional provisional ballot because of insufficient identification at the polls have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to provide identification, said Daniel Ruiz, elections spokesman.

Under state law, an automatic recount is done if there are 10 votes or fewer separating candidates who received the greatest number of votes for an office — in this case, for one of three council seats. The winners will take office in January.

The four top candidates are evenly split between two political camps that have faced off in Scottsdale. Milhaven and Robbins, both incumbents, have generally favored new developments in the city, including new apartment buildings that are being built.

Littlefield and Smith have spoken against the trend. The two sides also have been divided over the direction of the city’s downtown area, particularly the nightclub district, with Littlfield and Smith advocating more controls to stem problems associated with the nightlife.

Tight race for Scottsdale Council

SOURCE: Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.

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