By Sam Kmack | Arizona Republic
Some of the most hotly contested local elections in the metro area are being decided by voters in northeast Valley communities, where early voting tallies show how the three dozen candidates in the area are stacking up.
Fountain Hills Mayor Ginny Dickey, who’s held her seat since 2018, is beating-out former Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the mayoral contest.
The biggest vote getters for the town’s three open council seats are incumbents Brenda Kalivianakis and Hannah Toth, and newcomer Cindy Couture. Incumbent Allen Skillicorn has received the least number of votes so far.
Carefree Councilmember John Crane is leading against challenger Peter Sample in their bid to fill four-term Mayor Les Peterson’s role after he steps down. Sheila Amoroso is leading the race for six open Town Council seats, with the five incumbents trailing closely behind.