/ Modified nov 7, 2023 11:30 p.m.

Southern Arizona election results

Tucson Democrats appear to have a clean sweep. Some other races are too close to call.

Vote here sign near Armory Park Center Two "Vote Here" signs sit outside the Armory Park Center on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 in downtown Tucson.
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This story will be updated as more results and comments become available. It was last updated at 11:15 on Election Night

In the City of Tucson, Democrats appear to have swept the races for Mayor and City Council.

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero jumped out to an early lead when the results were released on Election Night. Romero picked up 60.81 % of the vote. Republican Janet Wittenbraker received 31% of the vote, independent Ed Ackerly received 6.74%, and Libertarian Arthur Kerschen received 1.37%.

At a Democratic victory party, Romero thanked supporters and asked the City Council to dream with her.

"To move with me, to make sure that together we create the beautiful, sustainable, thriving desert city that we started building and in the next four years we will continue to build," she said.

In the race for Tucson City Council in Ward One, Democratic incumbent Lane Santa Cruz garnered 62.7 % of the first votes reported while Republican Victoria Lem received 37.29%

Santa Cruz told well-wishers that there is still plenty of work to do.

"We are here to work in the city's best interest and we will do whatever it takes to accomplish just that," Santa Cruz said.

In the Ward Two race, Democratic Incumbent Paul Cunningham received 64.36%, while Republican Ernie Shack received 31.95%, and Libertarian Pendleton Spicer picked up 3.7% of the votes cast.

Democratic incumbent Nikki Lee also was an early leader with 65.59 % of the vote over Republican challenger Ross Kaplowitch with 34.41% of the vote.

The vote for Proposition 413 appeared to pass with first votes reported, with a 50.36% to 49.64% margin. But more votes still need to be counted.

The vote to determine whether or not Vail will be incorporated as a town appeared to fail on a 60.06%-39.94% margin.

The initial results indicated a 15.8% turnout with 95% of precincts reporting.

The budget override and bond elections for Tucson area school districts all appeared to be passing when the first results were released.

In Cochise County, the bond question for the Willcox Unified School District was too close to call. It was leading when initial votes were released, but county officials said they have more votes to count.

Patina Thompson, the head of a PAC supporting the bond, told AZPM she thinks the money is worth it.

"I believe as a parent the 25-cent increase of the bond in my taxes is worth every penny to improve security and safety for my kids while at school," Thompson said.

Voters in the Benson area were asked to renew a secondary property tax to fund a hospital district. That vote appeared to easily pass.

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