Ex-Arizona Cardinals QB John Skelton falling short in Tempe City Council bid

Mar 9, 2022, 12:07 PM | Updated: 1:18 pm
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PHOENIX — Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton is falling short in his bid to fill one of three Tempe City Council seats up for election.

Skelton was named on 6,716 of the ballots reported on Tuesday, more than 2,200 fewer than the third-place candidate.

About 21,000 ballots were turned in since they were mailed out Feb. 9, with about 2,000 dropped off on Election Day yet to be counted, according to Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer.

The next batch of results will be reported Wednesday evening. Voters, who were allowed to choose up to three candidates, have until Friday to cure non-matching signatures under state law.

Skelton was mainly a backup for the Cardinals from 2010 to 2012, starting 17 games during his tenure with the team.

Arlene Chin has tallied the most votes with 10,815. Jennifer Adams, an incumbent, is just behind Chin with 10,469 votes.

Berdetta Hodge has received 8,923 votes, good enough for third.

Chin and Hodge will replace Robin Arredondo-Savage, who chose to not run again after serving for 12 years, and Lauren Kuby, who is running for Arizona Corporation Commission.

Doreen Garlid and Joel Navarro are the remaining council members.

Tempe will canvass the vote and make the election official during a special meeting on March 24.

The new councilmembers will take their oaths of office on July 1.

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