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Incumbent Jerry Weiers leads primary election for Glendale mayor

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PHOENIX — Incumbent Jerry Weiers held a moderate lead over a political newcomer Tuesday night in the primary election for Glendale mayor.

Weiers was holding off challenger Michelle Robertson, 53%-47%, in the Republican Party race, according to preliminary results early Wednesday from the Maricopa County Elections Department.

Weiers has been the mayor of Glendale since 2013.

Robertson’s background is in education. She’s been with the Cartwright Elementary School District for 19 years as a teacher, content specialist and mentor and currently serves in the human resources office.

Voters in Mesa, Scottsdale and Gilbert also cast ballots in nonpartisan mayoral races Tuesday.

In the primary race for mayor of Mesa, incumbent John Giles had 67% of the vote to Verl Farnsworth’s 33%, according to election results.

Scottsdale and Gilbert’s mayoral positions are vacant. If no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, the top two vote-getters will advance to the general election.

Scottsdale has five candidates seeking to succeed Jim Lane, who reached his term limit: Lisa Borowsky, Suzanne Klapp, Virginia L. Korte, Bob Littlefield and Dave Ortega.

With about 35% of precincts reporting, Ortega and Borowsky each had 21% of the vote.

Korte and Littlefield followed with 21% apiece, according to preliminary results from the Maricopa County Elections Department.

In Gilbert, three candidates are seeking to replace Jenn Daniels, who chose not to run again: Lynne King Smith, Matt Nielsen and Brigette Peterson.

Peterson had garnered 35% of the vote, according to the Maricopa County Elections Department.

Nielsen trailed at 33%, followed by King Smith with 31% of the vote.

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