Ahwatukee voters who cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary election said issues like illegal immigration, the economy, the expansion of government and the war in Afghanistan weighed heavily on their decisions.
Julie Madrigal, who cast her vote at the polling place in the Ahwatukee Recreation Center, southwest of 51st Street and Cheyenne Drive, said she felt that it’s time for a change in representation.
“Just trying to get everybody out that’s been there too long because they’re not listening to us,” she said.
Her partner, Roger Alexander, said his vote was meant, among other things, to be a statement against the U.S. Department of Justice’s attempt to block SB 1070, Arizona’s illegal immigration enforcement law.
“Taxes, immigration, border security, the feds suing my state government,” Alexander said of the issues that motivated him.
Mark King, who voted at Mountain View Lutheran Church, at Cheyenne Drive and 48th Street, described himself as moderate independent.
“I’m probably going to swing real conservative this time,” he said. “The size of government is getting too big.”
Molly Jerdee, who brought her 7-month-old son Wyatt with her to the polls, said she worried about the war in Afghanistan and benefits for military families, especially because her fiancé, who is in the military, is there right now.
“I feel like it’s my duty to make sure things are going well,” Jerdee said.
Harvey Verhaegen, a poll worker at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center, said voter turnout was light as of the mid-afternoon.
“Usually you have 150 or so by now. We haven’t even had 100,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that people don’t take much time to do their civic duty.”
As of Wednesday morning, with 99 percent of precincts reporting, incumbent Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had a wide lead over rival J.D. Hayworth for the Republican nomination. McCain held about 57 percent of the vote, with Hayworth receiving about 33 percent, and Jim Deakin with about 10 percent.
Rodney Glassman led the Democrats for the U.S. Senate with about 31 percent of the vote, with Cathy Eden close behind at nearly 30 percent. John Dougherty had about 23 percent, while Randy Parraz had about 14 percent.
Comparing the two parties, McCain had received 165,789 total votes, while Glassman had 37,164.
In the race for the U.S. House of Representatives, incumbent Harry Mitchell (D-Ariz.) ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in District 5, which includes Ahwatukee Foothills. He received a total of 23,920 votes, with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
David Schweikert led the Republicans with nearly 38 percent, a total of 22,013 votes, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Jim Ward was in second with about 25 percent, with Susan Bitter Smith close behind at about 24 percent. Chris Salvino was unable to break 10 percent, while Lee Gentry and Mark Spinks each held less than 2 percent.
In the race for the Arizona Senate, Republican John McComish ran unopposed by either a Democrat or Republican challenger in Legislative District 20, which includes Ahwatukee Foothills.
For the Legislative District 20 seat in the state House of Representatives, Rae Waters ran unopposed for the Democrat nomination. She had received 6,142 votes, with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
On the Republican side, Jeff Dial led with nearly 48 percent, or 10,599 votes. Bob Robson was in second with nearly 39 percent, while Chris Tolino had slightly more than 13 percent.
In the governor’s race, Terry Goddard, who ran unopposed for the Democrat nomination, had received 118,962 votes with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Incumbent Jan Brewer led the Republican field with 232,595 votes.
Andrew Thomas was leading Terry Horne for the Republican nomination for state Attorney General with about 51 percent to 49 percent, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. While Thomas had received 139,359 votes, Felecia Rotellini led the Democrat field with 54,977 votes.
For Secretary of State, Chris Deschene led the Democrats with about 57 percent, or 65,650 votes, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Ken Bennett, who ran unopposed for the Republican nomination, had garnered 236,156 votes.
For State Treasurer, Doug Ducey had a wide lead among Republicans with 110,506 votes, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Andrei Cherny, who ran unopposed for the Democrat nomination, received 108,431 votes.
Penny Kotterman led the Democrats for Superintendent of Public Instruction with 81,360 votes, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. John Huppenthal had a large lead on the Republican side with 154,073 votes.