The Chandler City Council race appears to be decided, with Kevin Hartke, Terry Roe and Rene Lopez set to win seats without having to participate in a fall election.
Roe and Lopez will take over for Trinity Donovan, who is scheduled to be termed out, and Jeff Weninger, who is running for the state Legislature. Weninger won his primary along with J.D. Mesnard and will head to the Nov. 4 general election.
Mayor Jay Tibshraeny was re-elected after running unopposed.
Chandler City Clerk Marla Paddock said the results are unofficial as early ballots and provisional ballots have not been processed. The process could last through the weekend.
Roe, a retired police sergeant, said the key to his success in his third run at the council was gaining public notice.
“It was never good enough to be a retired police sergeant to be elected in Chandler,” he said. “Chandler wanted to know who I was and what I stood for and today I think that’s largely been accomplished.”
Hartke, a pastor, was elected to his second term on the council. His goals for Chandler in his second term are focused on continued growth in the areas of business, police and parks.
“I think Chandler has a great trajectory of a city in terms of not being in debt, of being fiscally sound and I believe we want to continue that,” he said.
Lopez ran for council for the first time but has previous public service experience serving as a member of the city’s Parks and Recreation Board.
“They both have different areas of expertise, which will lead to a well-balanced city council,” Tibshraeny said of Lopez and Roe. “They both seem like they’re ready to hit the (ground) running.”
In addition to the City Council and mayoral elections, the lone proposition on the ballot passed overwhelmingly. Voters approved Proposition 470, the so-called “home rule option,” with 85 percent in favor of it. Home rule option allows the city to determine its own budget instead of relying on a state-determined formula starting in the 2015-16 fiscal year. Had the proposition failed, Chandler would have seen budget cuts in excess of $100 million.
“That was a really critical issue …” Tibshraeny said. “I took it as a personal responsibility to get very involved in that campaign and make sure that passed … without that we would have been crippled.”