Bill Patena (Ironwood District), Jon Edwards (Willow District) and Bridget Binsbacher (Mesquite District) received more than 99% of the vote, renewing their terms for another four years on Election Day, Aug. 4.
Patena and Edwards, both incumbents, ran unchallenged in their respective districts. Binsbacher faced write-in challenger John Griffin in the Mesquite District.
Unofficial counts show Patena received 6,026 votes, Binsbacher with 8,266 and Edwards garnering 6,246.
“I would like to thank all the Ironwood residents who voted for me,” Patena said.
“I am very grateful to continue to serve you to the best of my ability. Representing all of you is a very humbling experience, and I will continue to be available to all of you.”
Patena has served on the Peoria City Council since 2012 and previously worked for the city as the neighborhood services manager. A Peoria resident for more than 20 years, he is spending his third term on the council.
Binsbacher said she is honored to be elected for another term.
“It is truly a privilege to be elected for another term to the Peoria City Council,” she said. “I’m grateful to the Mesquite District voters for their trust and their votes. I will continue to focus on fiscal accountability, public safety, responsible growth, accessible services and amenities for all. I’m very proud that Peoria voters turned out to vote, during very challenging times, to keep our dedicated and collaborative council together.”
The city’s vice mayor, Binsbacher has been a council member since 2015 and was reelected to serve a second term. She is an active member of the Peoria Chamber of Commerce and other charitable organizations.
Edwards’ team congratulated him on social media.
“Congratulations Mayor Pro Tem Jon Edwards on your reelection as councilmember of the Willow District,” the post reads. “A special thank you to all the members of Team Edwards, our supporters and the voters of the Willow District. Jon will continue to advocate for the sustainable growth of our city with a focus on public safety and services, the development of our youth and the building of strong neighborhoods. We are grateful for his service and look forward to the next four years!”
Edwards has lived in Peoria since 2001 and has served on various committees in the Peoria local government throughout his career. He has three children who attended local district schools.
Write-in candidate John Griffin said the election was a learning experience.
“One thing for certain: A write-in campaign was a big mistake, especially with the COVID-19 crisis,” he said. “It has been difficult to bring my message to constituents. I will run for office in the future. I believe I have a lot of experience that will benefit my fellow Arizonans.”
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Peoria will have three city charter amendments and the 2040 general plan on the ballot for residents to consider. For more information, visit peoriaaz.gov/election.