The 2020 presidential election will be remembered for razor-thin margins.
In Peoria, voting on city measures was decidedly lopsided.
Peoria residents overwhelmingly approved four city issues.
Two-thirds of Peoria voters approved of “the PlanPeoriaAz 2040 General Plan which will be valid for a period of not to exceed 10 years.”
The update of the Peoria general plan has been in the works since 2018.
Formally known as Proposition 445, the plan proposes a mix of development, open space and parks.
According to the ballot, “This proposal is the culmination of more than two years of work with residents, schools, state and regional leaders and planning agencies to ensure a well planned city that continues to be a great place to live, work and recreate.”
Three Peoria Charter amendments were also be on the ballot:
•Proposition 446, which excludes partial terms due to filling a vacant seat from counting toward term limits for the mayor of Peoria and city council members, received 54% approval.
•Proposition 447, increasing the time limit for filling a vacant seat on council from 15 days to 30 days, received 67% approval.
•Proposition 448, clarifying that if only two candidates officially qualify for the ballot, only a general election will be held and the candidate receiving the highest number of votes in the general election will be declared elected, received 77% approval.
In federal and state races, West Valley voters were kind to incumbents.
Republican Debbie Lesko successfully defended her seat in the 8th Congressional District, which includes parts of Avondale, Litchfield Park and Peoria. Lesko received 59% of the votes over Democrat challenger Michael Muscato.
Lesko and Muscato are both Peoria residents.
In the 6th Congressional District, Glendale challenger Hiral Tipieneni-—who raised $5 million as Democrats hoped to “flip” the district—saw an early lead fade as Republican David Schweikert took 52% of the votes to keep his seat.
In the 7th Congressional District, which includes part of Glendale, Democrat Ruben Gallego dominated, taking 77% of the vote over Joshua Barnett.
State Senate races in the West Valley were mostly lopsided.
Republican Paul Boyer of Glendale took 52% of the votes to successfully defend his Arizona Senate District 20 seat over Democrat Douglas Ervin.
While Rick Gray was unopposed in District 21, in District 22 incumbent David Livingston took 64% of the votes over Democrat challenger Sarah Tyree.
Democrat Martin Quezada defended his District 29 Arizona Senate seat by an even wider margin, taking 70% of the votes over Republican challenger John Wilson.
Races for West Valley representatives were quite a bit closer.
In District 20, Anthony Kern failed in his reelection try. Challenger Judy Schwiebert joins Shawnna Bolick, who was successful in her reelection bid. Schwiebert and Bolick received 34% of the votes, over Kern’s 32%.
In District 21, Kevin Payne (33%) was reelected but Kathy Knecht (31%) was beaten out by Bevery Pingerelli (36%).
In District 22, Frank Carroll and Ben Toma each received 32% of the vote, topping Wendy Garcia (19%) and Mary “Kathleen” Honne (17%).
In District 29, Cesar Chavez (38%) and Richard Andrade (31%) won reelection over Billy Bragg (16%) and Helen Fokszanskyj-Conti (15%).